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How does your garden grow? With Zoo Doo of course!

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications

Hey northwest green-thumbs, spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest!

This beneficial pile of Zoo Doo will work wonders for a garden! Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Dr. Doo, also known as the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been collecting our highly coveted Zoo Doo or Bedspread all winter and now is your chance to enter a bid to purchase the gardener’s delight!

Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of species' feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect for growing veggies and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust and large amounts of wood chips. Bedspread is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Due to the popularity of Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter a drawing for the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. Entries will be accepted online or by postcard from March 11 through March 31. To enter, visit

Temperatures inside the compost piles can be really steamy! Microorganisms help break down the humus into nutrient rich soil, perfect for planting. Photo by Ric Brewer/Woodland Park Zoo.

Online entries and postcards will be randomly selected according to supply and demand. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky winners and pick-up dates will begin April 13 through April 28. Winners load the compost while Dr. Doo provides the shovels!

Zoo Doo or Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8x4 bed: $60; 6x4 bed: $45; 6x3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available during zoo hours at the ZooStore for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

For more information, call the Poop Line at 206.625.POOP or visit the zoo’s website at

Happy Doo’in!

Springtime rhododendron blooms. Photo by Kirsten Pisto/Woodland Park Zoo.