May 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 5084916 – Zoo Miami
“ZOO DOO MAKES ITS DEBUT!”
On Wednesday, May 17th, Zoo Miami will help celebrate Endangered Species Week by officially launching its “Zoo Doo” program to the public!
In an ongoing effort to reduce, recycle, and reuse, Zoo Miami has been collecting the manure (poop!) of a variety of endangered herbivores (rhinos, elephants, and other hoof stock) and combining it with grinded trees, plants, and landscape debris from the zoo to create compost. Through this green initiative, Zoo Miami is reducing its landfill footprint while also saving on the purchase of soil.
The process of creating Zoo Doo is made possible by a specialized composter called an Enviro-Drum. Zoo Miami is one of only two zoos in the country utilizing this special piece of equipment. The Enviro-Drum can hold 60 cubic yards of compostable material. Approximately 2,000 pounds of herbivore manure is collected daily from six elephants, five rhinos, and three Bantengs (Asian endangered bovines) which provides the “brown” waste that is then combined with landscaping “green” waste. The Enviro-Drum then mixes, aerates and heats the materials to over 131 degrees to break down the material and kill weed seeds. The resulting product is dark compost that has very little resemblance to the original materials. It is then used around the zoo for our botanical collection by the zoo’s horticulture department!
Now, Zoo Miami is happy to provide the most exotic compost in South Florida to the general public! Beginning Wednesday, the public can purchase Zoo Doo in two different quantities. A five pound “collector’s bucket” costs $12.95 plus tax and for the serious landscaper, a full cubic yard, can be purchased for $30.00 plus tax. Zoo Doo can be purchased online (www.zoomiami.org/zoodoo) or at the front ticket booths. The five pound collector buckets can be picked up daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM but the cubic yards can only be picked up Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
The media is invited to the official kick-off event tomorrow, May 17th, at 10:00AM at Zoo Miami. Please go to Gate #2 where you will be met and escorted to the Enviro-Drum and our mountain of “black gold!” Each attendee will be provided with their own sample of Zoo Doo also known as recycled “feces from endangered species!” Ron Magill will give a special demonstration on how it is created (the compost, not the feces!) so come with a sense of humor!