I just received a phone message from Dr. Doo, the Prince of Poo, from Woodland Park Zoo letting me know that I am able to pick up some of the famous zoo doo as part of their spring Fecal Fest. I’ve been waiting for this moment for three years now. Can you tell I’m excited?
Mostly because this is a win/win situation, and I love win/win scenarios. The Woodland Park Zoo saves $60,000 a year by not schlepping animal poop waste to landfill, and makes $15,000 to $20,000 each year from people purchasing it once it has been turned into compost. They create roughly one million pounds of the most exotic compost available in the Pacific Northwest every year. They created a process of creating ‘green gold’ by working with nature to turn poop from non-primate herbivores into a useful product and making a profit (for a nonprofit). Plus you receive a voicemail message from Dr. Poo himself informing you that you are the lucky recipient. That’s almost as good as having Carl Kassel’s voice on your home answering machine.