Yes, gardeners, once again it's time for that long-awaited event, Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest.
During this timespan, which runs from March 11 to March 31, 2013, you may enter a drawing to compete for the privilege of purchasing the rich, plant-friendly mulch known as Zoo Doo or Bedspread, both of which incorporate offerings from the zoo's non-primate, non-carnivore animals.
Winners not only get the honor of buying the stuff, but also shoveling it into their chosen conveyances at an appointed time. (Dr. Doo will graciously provide shovels.)
Zoo Doo is a blend of feces from a variety of non-primate herbivorous species. It is touted as "perfect for vegetables and annuals." Bedspread is a premium composted mulch similar to Zoo Doo but mulched with greater quantities of sawdust and wood chips. It is advertised as being the "perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes," such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, pathways, and tree rings.
Here's how to enter the drawing for a chance to buy Zoo Doo or Bedspread. Please note that entries will only be accepted starting March 11 and that only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing.
Visit www.zoo.org/fecalfest beginning March 11.
Via Postal Mail:
Send a standard postcard to the address below that includes your name and your day and evening phone numbers. Mark your postcard Zoo Doo or BS. Also include how much you'd like to buy; per the zoo, "anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pickup-truck load"). Finally, indicate whether you prefer a weekday or weekend pickup.
Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Per the zoo's press release, "The online entries and postcards will be randomly selected according to supply and demand. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Phone orders will not be accepted."
Online forms and postcard entries will be accepted from March 11 through March 31.
Pick-up dates will begin April 13 through April 28.
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.