Zoo Doo: Giraffe, Zebra Poop for Sale

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Zoo giraffes are contributing to a for-sale manure composting program at Michigan's Binder Park Zoo.
Lori Cuthbert

Midwestern home gardeners can get a good deal on a truckload of exotic animal compost from a zoo in southern Michigan, reports thetimesherald.com.

Binder Park Zoo, in a bid to raise funds for the zoo, is offering composted poop from giraffes, zebras, antelopes and other herbivores at $25 a load for members and $30 for non-members.

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Only herbivores' waste can be used for gardening; carnivores' poo carries pathogens that can be harmful to humans.

“It’s through gate admission, events and -- like Zoo Doo and many others -- that allows us to remain open and to feed and care for our animals, many of which are endangered or threatened. Zoo Doo is a fun and creative way for the Zoo to receive funds to help care for our animals and dispose of our compost,” Kari Parker, marketing manager at Binder Park, told thetimesherald.com.

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The animal dung is thoroughly composted, according to the zoo, which means it's odorless -- or rather, it doesn't smell like fresh poop.

Hat tip to AP

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