A little while ago Chuck wasn’t able to go to the farm, so he leant me his car so I could go instead. I showed up at his place about 10 minutes late and out of breath.
“Okay, so I was thinking you follow me in the car to Konan to get monkey repellent gear,” he said handing over the keys.
“I can’t! I gotta meet Leo at the zoo!”
“To get the elephant poop!”
You know it’s a big deal when it puts a shopping trip for monkey repellent gear on hold.
Leo met me at the staff gate and with him and the very helpful zoo staff we loaded about 3 bags of elephant waste into Chuck’s car. The zoo uses the machine in the picture above to process the waste a bit so that it’s very light and ready to be used in the compost, or even directly in the garden. It also didn’t smell too bad in the car ;)
But the big surprise was the zoo was kind enough to also give us two bags of zebra waste as well! Leo insisted that this stuff was gold for garden.
The amazing zoo staff also let us go back stage to say thank you to the elephants ourselves!
Below is a picture of the Mama elephant. She is somewhere over 40 years old, and like all the other elephants at the zoo eats a healthy vegan diet with some vegetables grown at the zoo!
Unfortunately, upon arriving at the farm we had to face the carnage from the latest monkey attack. They did some huge damage on our daikons, but thankfully our volunteers were able to save a few.
Sign up for our teikei system to get some daikons in the spring (and help us keep out the monkeys!).