Riverbanks zoo creating compoost

zoo workers piling in on

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden can help your garden grow into a big botanical beauty just by using a little pachyderm product. It's called compoost. Zoo workers are using a stinky situation to freshen up its bottom line and your yard.

The zoo's elephants produce about 1,500 pounds of manure every day, which can cost a lot of money to get rid of. The zoo came up with a way to be more self sufficient making sure nothing goes to waste.

"We turned a product that used to be problem into a useable product for the zoo," says curator of mammals John Davis.

He says the zoo's product uses some interesting ingredients. "It's formulated with elephant, giraffe and zebra manure. It's very unique."

This very unique product takes time to make. First workers dump the waste onto a concrete slab where it stays for about 60 days while workers monitor the heavy heap's temperature and moisture. When the mercury drops to 115 degrees, it's hauled to another area for a 30 day curing stage.

"It's a really great soil amendment. Compooste is much better than commercial fertilizer," says Davis.

Now Davis and other zoo officials hope you will jump in and join the movement and get some compoost for your garden.

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