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Happy September! Time to Get your Zoo Doo

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It’s time for Fecal Fest at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. This twice yearly event is an exciting time for gardeners to spruce up their beds for fall and winter. Here’s what to do:

Send a postcard (that’s all they accept) to Woodland Park Zoo. Mail them in between September 1 and 23. You’ll come pick up your Zoo Doo between Oct 1 and 17.

Also available is Bedspread, a composted mulch made from the manures and bedding of the zoo’s non-primate herbivores. Bedspread is like Zoo Doo but contains higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It is excellent fertile mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways, and is an ideal mulch and soil builder for Northwest gardens, according to the zoo’s website.

Post cards mailed in will be randomly selected according to supply and demand. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. The Fecal Fest traditionally sells out.

The lucky winners load the compost, using shovels provided by the zoo.

Only one postcard per person is eligible for the drawing. Phone orders will not be taken. Send a standard-sized postcard to Zoo Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103.

Include your name, phone number, whether you’d like Zoo Doo or Bedspread, and how much you’d like (anything from a garbage can load to an 8×4 pick-up truck bed is acceptable). Also include what day of the week is best for you to pick up.

Prices range from $4 to $60, depending on how much you need. Don’t need but a little Zoo Doo? Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available in the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

Got any questions? The zoo’s got the perfect solution. Call their “poop line” at 206.625.POOP.

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