Just in time for spring gardening, the zoo is selling premium exotic compost by the scoop, bag or bucket. The Lee Richardson Zoo will be selling its special blend of “Zoo Doo” compost this Saturday morning, May 10th, from 9:00 AM until noon. Most of the animal collection contributes to this high quality compost, including elephants, giraffe, rhino, deer, camels, bison, and others. The compost is a mixture of exotic animal manure, food waste, and bedding, which is processed by the zoo’s maintenance division. The end result is a dry, lightweight, high quality soil amendment which improves the aeration of your soil, reduces compaction, and adds important micronutrients to tired soil to help plants thrive.
The compost will be sold bagged in compostable bags, or by the “bobcat” scoop loaded into your truck or trailer. New this year, you can bring your own bucket, 5 gallon or smaller, and get it filled for a buck! Staff and volunteers will be on hand to load bags or scoops directly into your vehicle (trunk, truck or trailer). Bags are $5 (for ~45 pounds) while a scoop is $25, and of course a “buck” for a bucket! The sale will take place south of the zoo on Finnup Drive from nine to noon this Saturday. If you are unable to make the Saturday sale, Zoo Doo is also available during the week between 8 AM - 4 PM by appointment. All proceeds benefit the zoo’s animals! For more information, call the zoo at 620.276.1250.