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This Zoo Is Selling Exotic Animal Poop

John Grap—The Enquirer/AP Frank Cummins, horticulturist at Binder Park Zoo, holds some of the manure/compost the zoo will have for sale, in Battle Creek, Mich. on May 27, 2014.

Michigan gardeners can buy giraffe, zebra, and antelope dung for their soils.

A zoo in southern Michigan is selling truckloads of giraffe, zebra, and antelope manure to gardeners to raise money, The Associated Press reports via the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Droppings from about 20 different animals at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek have been incorporated into this garden manure, horticulturalist Frank Cummins told Fox 17.

To avoid the transmission of diseases, “We don’t include carnivore or monkey poop,” Jenny Barnett, the zoo’s Director of Wildlife, Conservation & Education, told the Kalamazoo Gazette.

A truck or trailer load costs $30 for people who are not members of the zoo.


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