SC zoo selling animal waste for fertilizer

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina zoo is expecting a sellout of its poo.

Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia begins selling its waste for use as fertilizer Saturday. Elephants, giraffes and zebras are working on the project.

The composted droppings are available in three convenient sizes, a cubic yard from, or in one-pint and two-gallon buckets from carts at the zoo entrances.

Mammal curator John Davis says if this first offering is successful, the zoo hopes to hold bulk sales at least four times a year.

It takes three months for the composting to yield the desired product.

The zoo is dumping about 1,500 pounds a day into its compost pile. The zoo's four elephants come up with about 75 percent of the total.

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