Animals use poop to build their homes, hide from enemies, attract mates and even nourish themselves. Humans use it to make fertilizer, fuel power plants and diagnose medical conditions. At the Zoo we call it our all natural compost, Zoo Manoo, an all-purpose soil conditioner. It is only one example of our conservation in action. Our composting program diverts 75% of animal waste into about 1,200 tons of manure annually.
Besides improving the physical structure of the soil, using compost has other benefits. It modifies temperature extremes in the soil, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. In addition, it utilizes water more efficiently because less moisture is lost due to evaporation and runoff thereby permitting better absorption.
The Kansas City Zoo sells composted animal manure, or Zoo Manoo, to the public twice a year, in the spring and the fall. The compost costs $25 per truckload, or $20 for Friends of the Zoo members. Those with smaller gardens can buy the compost for $5 per bucket.
The zoo also sells its compost by appointment. To make pickup arrangements, call Crystal Broadus at 816-595-1894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.