Project Green: Louisville Zoo uses animals' manure to produce compost

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Posted on April 13, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:42 PM

(WHAS11) -The animals at the Louisville Zoo produce about a million pounds of manure every year.

And it would all end up in the landfills if it were not for the zoo's commitment to the environment.

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"That's the number on mission of the zoo," says William Nay, the zoo's Horticulture Manager, "to bear the bond between the people and the planet, and if we can save a million pounds of poo from filling up the landfill then we're in good shape."

This is the 19th year for the high octane compost that is produced by the Louisville Zoo and its residents.

The zoo poo is made from all the hoof animals, like camels, giraffes, rhinos, and elephants, which by the way, are the largest contributors to the zoo poopy doo.

According to zoo keepers, each elephant produces about 200 lbs each and every day.

How do you take the poo from its natural state and turn it into compost you can use on your garden?

The keepers collect it every day, and then take it to another site and compost it.

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