Michigan zoo is selling exotic animal poop to raise money

Zebras, antelopes, giraffes and other animals will be donating feces to Binder Park Zoo.

Evan Bleier

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 29 (UPI) -- A Michigan zoo will be holding a fecal fundraiser this spring in order to raise money.

The Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek will be selling exotic animal poop from zebras, antelopes, giraffes and other herbivores at two "Zoo Doo" events on Thursday, May 29 and Thursday, June 5.


During the events, gardeners can pick up a mound of manure to bring home at the price of $25 a load for zoo members and $30 for non-members.

"It's through gate admission, events and programs -- 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," Binder Park marketing manager Kari Parker told the Battle Creek Enquirer. "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."

Compost made with feces from carnivores or monkeys will not be available.

"There could be contamination if there's a disease," said horticulturist Frank Cummins. "Like a lot of the carnivores and stuff, there could be a possibility that there's something in it, whereas with herbivores it's just plants and stuff -- there's like zero chance."


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