Poop Wars: Zoo Doo Lottery is On!

March 11, 2015 7:42am


Woodland Park Zoo’s Fecal Fest Image: Woodland Park Zoo


It’s time for the semiannual battle over Green Lake’s exotic poop from Woodland Park Zoo. The zoo has been shoveling this super-$!#t for 30 years, and Seattle gardeners can’t wait to get their hands on it. Why?


“Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of species’ feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect for growing veggies and annuals.”

Got Guadalupe? Image: Woodland Park Zoo

The lottery opened March 9 and continues through the 29th. The zoo does not shrink from cute puns. “Pick up where the animals left off,” says the press release. Each spring and fall, gardeners enter the zoo’s “Fecal Fest” lottery for a chance to buy the “prized poo” collected by “Dr.Doo.” You opt for a certain amount of either manure or “bedspread” a manure/mulch combo. If you win, you bring your car or truck, and then shovel your allotted amount of poo into said vehicle. Of course it supports the zoo’s conservation efforts, and you get some high quality fertilizer at a good price, but it’s really a great plan for the zoo. Gardeners clear out huge amounts of the zoo’s waste, load it themselves, and compete and pay for the privilege.

And yes, I already entered. Got a nice note from Dr. Doo.

Entry confirmed!

Entry confirmed!

You can learn more at or the POOP Hotline at 206.625.POOP (7667)