Would you pay for poo from a zoo? Frank Cummins, horticulturist at Binder Park Zoo, stands with some of the manure/compost the zoo will have for sale, in Battle Creek, Michigan
Would you pay for poo from a zoo?
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It's called "Zoo Doo," a composted mixture of manure. And a zoo in Michigan is selling the stuff.

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting a "Zoo Doo" event Thursday and June 5.

The zoo has compost available from herbivores - animals that feed on grass and other plants - that will sell at $25 a load to zoo members. Nonmembers will pay $30. The price is a deal, since cow manure can sell for around $2 or $3 a bag. That's what horticulturist Frank Cummins told the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals are contributing to the gardening aid, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.

Binder Park Zoo says it's a "fun and creative way" to raise money. And dispose of waste. It also uses the compost as fertilizer at its facilities.

Critical thinking challenge: Why would a zoo sell this stuff. Who benefits? The buyer, the seller or both?

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COMMENTS (86)
  • FionaR-4
    5/29/2014 - 09:09 p.m.

    A zoo in Michigan is selling a mixture of manure and they call it Zoo Doo. They are selling it for twenty five dollars a load for zoo members and thirty dollars a load for non zoo members. The zoo says its afun and creative way to raise money. The manure helps composting. Zebra, antelope, and giraffes, are helping make the manure. I think that this idea is very weird but if it works it could be helpful. I hope it works out for the zoo and the customers.

  • BrianA-4
    5/29/2014 - 09:23 p.m.

    This article was about how a zoo in Michigan is selling manure from herbivores. The manure is being called "Zoo Doo" and will be sold at 25 dollars a load for members and 30 dollars a load for nonmembers. The zoo says that is a "fun and creative way" to raise money. Personally I think it is a great idea. The manure would be going to waste and selling it is an easy way to raise money for the zoo. If you were a gardener this would be a great deal and helpful for your garden.

  • RaeV-5
    5/29/2014 - 11:23 p.m.

    A zoo in Michigan is selling a composite mixture of manure. Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting a "Zoo Doo" event Thursday and June 5. $25 of zoo members and $30 for non zoo members. Zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals are contributing to the gardening aid, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports. I think this is kind of weird but it's a cool idea.

  • BellaG-2
    5/29/2014 - 11:58 p.m.

    A Zoo in Battle Creek on June fifth is hosting a Zoo Doo. The Zoo is the Binder Park Zoo. The Zoo Doo is a mixture of manure and compost. This zoo will be selling this compost next Thursday. The compost is from herbivores that are being sold for twenty-five to thirty dollars per package. This is a way for the zoo to earn money and get rid of waste.

  • JordynT-2
    5/30/2014 - 12:26 a.m.

    Some people are willing to pay the zoo money for the animals poop. These people then use the poop and make it manure that can be used to grown plants. The substance manure is very good for fertilizing soil. I would new pay money for animals poop because I don't farm so I don't need it.

  • RileyL-1
    5/30/2014 - 12:37 a.m.

    this story is about Zoo Doo, which is a composted mixture of manure. Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan is setting Zoo Doo to raise money. To zoo members it costs $25, while nonmembers pay $30. The Zoo Doo is made by zebra, antelope, giraffe, and some other animals kept at the zoo. The zoo says it's a great way to get rid of their waste because usually they wouldnt recycle it or do anything with it. This sounds cool, but very weird.

  • KiyanaF-2
    5/30/2014 - 12:43 a.m.

    At binder park zoo in Battle Creek they are hosting an event called "zoo doo" The zoo makes a compost for herbivores- animals that feed on grass and other such plants, the prices differentiate depending on whether or not your a member of the zoo or not. Zebras, antelopes, giraffes and other animals have been contributing to the gardening aid, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.

  • SaskiaJ-4
    5/30/2014 - 09:11 a.m.

    This article is about a zoo in Michigan that is selling something called "Zoo Doo." The zoo is located in Battle Creek, Michigan and is called Binder Park Zoo. Binder Park Zoo is using herbivores such as zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals to make "Zoo Doo." "Zoo Doo" is a composted mixture of manure from herbivores that feed off of plants and leaves. It will sell for $25 for members of the zoo and $30 for nonmembers of the zoo. I think this is a great way to raise money for the zoo because they are using herbivore manure that is composted to make into fertilizer to sell to people who visit the zoo. Although it is a little gross I think it was a great idea that the zoo came up with.

  • MaysenM-3
    5/30/2014 - 10:34 a.m.

    This article is about how you can buy "Zoo Doo," which is a composed mixture of manure. Binder Park Zoo in Michigan is hosting a "Zoo Doo" event on June 5th, where you can buy bags of "Zoo Doo." You will have the option to buy compost available from herbivores that will be sold for $25 to members of the zoo, and $30 for nonmembers. Zebra, giraffe, antelope, and many other animals are contributing to the compost. The Zoo says this event is a fun and creative way to raise money, a great way to dispose of waste, and it also uses the compost as fertilizer at its facilities. I think Binder Park Zoo is hosting a very unique event, and it is a great way to raise money. However, I wouldn't buy the manure as I think it is unsanitary and kind of gross.

  • TraciM-3
    5/30/2014 - 10:36 a.m.

    A zoo in Michigan named Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek has decided to start selling "Zoo Doo", which is a composted mixture of manure and will be sold Thursday and June 5th at an event. The compost comes from Herbivores and will sell at $25 a load to zoo members and nonmembers have to pay $30. Since cow manure can sell around for $2 or $3 a bag, this composted manure deal at the zoo is considered a good deal. The animals that are creating this manure are the zebra, antelope, giraffe, and other animals. I think that this can help the zoo raise money since facilities and businesses need manure sometimes to make their products.

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