Project Green: Louisville Zoo collects animal waste for Zoo Poopy Doo


by Monty Webb

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 5:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-  Spring has sprung, and the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. 

Zoo Poopy Doo has returned to the Louisville Zoo. 
Chief Meteorologist Monty Webb tells us how gardeners can help the planet by getting an exotic blend of compost.

The zoo collects a million pounds of animal waste every year.  However, their dilemma is deciding what to do with it.

“Our mission is bettering the bond between people and the planet and part of that is a recycling mission,” said Louisville Zoo’s Media Relationship Manager Kyle Shephard. 

That is where Zoo Poopy Doo fits into the puzzle

“So we are trying to do our part in being green and taking it off site and havit it composted and ground up and a little bit of time and heat and it turns into compost,” said Louisville Zoo’s Horticultural Manager William Nye.

It is compost that is wildly good for your gardens and keeping a million pounds of waste out of our landfills.

Zoo Poopy Doo has a lot of micro nutrients in it that a lot of other fertilizers would not have, making it very popular with gardeners, growers and green thumbs.

“Zoo Poopy Doo is quite popular and we do run out, so it is best to get here early,” said Nye.

The compost is made especially from the hoof stock animals at the zoo, like the elephants, rhinos and the giraffes. 

You can purchase Zoo Poopy Doo from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 9 and 16. 

To learn more about Zoo Poopy Doo and see price information, click here.