Mich. Zoo Goes After Untapped Exotic Animal Excrement Market to Raise Cash

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 28 2014 6:51 PM

This Zoo Is Selling Its Exotic Animals’ Poop to Raise Cash

Michigan zoo goes after untapped zoo animal excrement market.

Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

While it’s a bit less conventional than, say, a bake sale or a car wash, a Michigan zoo has come up with a novel fundraising scheme: sell its animals’ poop. It’s a pretty straightforward business proposition: the zoo, by virtue of having lots of animals, is also home to lots of animal waste. The Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan is simply matching its supply with the market (read: gardeners) demand.

Here’s nitty gritty laid pretty bare in the Kalamazoo Gazette:

Jenny Barnett, director of wildlife conservation and education at Binder Park Zoo, said the droppings are mixed with some hay, "but mostly it's just manure that's been turned several times, that's been there a long time," from 3 months to a year, she said. "We don't include carnivore or monkey poop," Barnett said. The zoo did not make manure available last year, so there is "yards and yards" of it now, Barnett said.

The opportunity to have a mixture of zebra, antelope, and giraffe manure—as opposed to your ho-hum over the counter manure—will cost you $30 for a truckload.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.


Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?

A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 12:29 PM A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

Subprime Loans Are Back

And believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

  News & Politics
Sept. 22 2014 6:30 PM What Does It Mean to Be an American? Ted Cruz and Scott Brown think it’s about ideology. It’s really about culture.
Sept. 22 2014 5:38 PM Apple Won't Shut Down Beats Music After All (But Will Probably Rename It)
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 23 2014 9:01 AM Tristan Da Cunha: Life on the World's Most Remote Island
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 7:43 PM Emma Watson Threatened With Nude Photo Leak for Speaking Out About Women's Equality
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 1:52 PM Tell Us What You Think About Slate Plus Help us improve our new membership program.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 8:46 AM How Men Talk About Relationships in Rom-Coms: While Playing Sports
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 6:27 PM Should We All Be Learning How to Type in Virtual Reality?
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 23 2014 7:00 AM I Stand with Emma Watson
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.