Frank Cummins, horticulturist at Binder Park Zoo, holds some of the manure/compost the zoo will have for sale, in Battle Creek, Mich. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, John Grap)
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A zoo in southern Michigan is selling a composted mixture of manure produced by exotic animals.
Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting a "Zoo Doo" event Thursday and June 5.
Horticulturist Frank Cummins told the Battle Creek Enquirer that the zoo has compost available from herbivores that will sell at $25 a load to zoo members and $30 for nonmembers. Cummins says that the price is a deal, since cow manure can sell for around $2 or $3 a bag.
The Kalamazoo Gazette says zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals are contributing to the gardening aid.
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.