|Learn How to Make Compost at the Zoo & Take Zoo Doo Home for your Garden!|
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012— Sequoia Park Zoo has a new addition to the Barnyard – but this one’s not cute and furry. The new compost display station, funded by a grant from the Christine and Jalmer Berg Foundation completes the “circle of life” at the Zoo by showing how the Zoo recycles animal bedding and waste.
Visitors can peek inside a worm composting bin, get an inside look at the Zoo’s behind-the-scenes composting operations, and learn how to make compost at home. Anyone bringing a container is welcome to take a few scoops home for free – a great way to get a home composting station started. The Zoo also makes larger quantities of “zoo doo” available to gardeners and landscapers by special arrangement – call 268-5267 to arrange pickup; a small donation is requested for these larger amounts.
“The Zoo has been creating wonderful compost for years, so we are excited that we now have a cool display for visitors to learn about our compost, and our green practices”, says Zoo Education Supervisor Amber Neilson.” It’s also a great way to let the community know that we have this excellent compost available for home gardens. After all, we do have a constant supply!”
Zookeepers compost gallons of kitchen scraps every week left over from preparing animal diets, using two large, pest-proof drums to break down this organic waste into soil amendment. Other compostable materials include vegetarian animal manure and bedding, leaves, sheep wool, and grass clippings. By composting all of these materials, the Zoo is able to divert 150 gallons of waste every day from landfills and at the same time create valuable soil amendment for Zoo landscaping.
“We are grateful to have received the generous support of the Christine and Jalmer Berg Foundation again this year,” said Nicole Spencer, Director of Development and Communications for the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation. “With their support, we were able to complete the project and expand the educational aspects of the Barnyard.”
Sequoia Park Zoo connects the community with animals to inspire wonder, understanding and conservation of wildlife and the natural world. Established in 1907, Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest Zoo in California and one of the smallest accredited zoos in the country. Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka.
Contact: Amber Neilson
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