Prized Poo: Woodland Park's "Zoo Doo"


by New Day Producers

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 1 at 12:07 PM

Why is this poo so prized? Dr. Doo, aka Dan Corum, explains the phenomenon behind Woodland Park Zoo's "Zoo Doo."

Annual Fall Fecal Fest– Enter your chance to buy Zoo Doo or Bedspread –

WHAT:           Dr. Doo, also known as the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” is gearing up for the annual Fall Fecal Fest. This is the time of year when local gardeners and Zoo Doo loyalists scramble to purchase the highly coveted Zoo Doo or Bedspread.
Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest, composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores. It’s perfect for vegetables and annuals. Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.
WHEN:           For a chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread, send in a postcard from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19 only. You can enter both the Zoo Doo and Bedspread drawings, but separate postcards are required: for Zoo Doo, mark your postcard “Zoo Doo” and for Bedspread, mark your postcard “B.S.” Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only.
Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin Oct. 2 through Oct. 16. The zoo provides the shovels and the lucky winners load their compost.
HOW:             Only one postcard per person is eligible for each drawing. Phone orders will not be taken.
Send a standard postcard to Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information:
§ Name
§ Day and evening phone numbers
§ Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
§ Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
§ Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up
PRICES:         Zoo Doo and 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 anytime at the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.
INFO:             For more information, call the Poop Line at 206.625.POOP or visit the zoo’s website at For information about the zoo, call 206.548.2500.