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Denver Zoo Using the Power of Poo

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It’s only a prototype now, but the Denver Zoo is using animal poop and trash to power an electric rickshaw. The plan is to test the fuel’s efficacy to eventually power an entire elephant pavalion. It’s all part of a green experiment that will save money. Photo Credit: thelearnr via Flickr

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10:07AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012


3:51PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

So this will open up a whole new reason to keep animals in captivity. It wouldnt suprise me to see people get as greedy over crap as they now do oil.

11:03AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Animals don't belong in zoos!!

5:44AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

WOW! we have discovered so many ways of creating energy sources. such as poo,yellow corn, the NYC tidal wave experiment, wind power,solar power, just to name a few that i can think of off the top of my head. with so many ways of developing clean green energy sources, coal power, diesel and other hazardous sources need to start being limited or eliminated all together. if anyone has any more info about other new sources of energy add me as a friend and tell me about it. i would love to learn more about this and other green topics

3:09AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

The Perth Zoo in Western Australia sells bags of 'Zoo Poo' for gardeners, but also uses it to fertilise plants for animal food. They grow a lot of their own food.

10:26PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


9:26PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

our local zoo sells predator poo as a pest deterrent for our gardens. for some reason the possums stay away when they smell lion. guess i would too if i could smell it.

8:44PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

This is the kind of forward thinking we need to be following...

2:31PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

The famous red double-deck buses of London ran on methane during WWII.
There's an increasing number of farms that derive all their electricity from manure digesters, so one pavilion should be no problem.
DIY instructions for those with just a few head of livestock here:

2:19PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

There are commercial ventures all over the US (SE Johnson is one) and Europe, that I know of, all powered by methane from landfills, poo, all sorts of unusual "green" sources. It's a great idea, and one that just may save our planet; and all the faster if those thick-headed bozos in Washington DC cut all subsidies and tax breaks to big oil and coal producers, and instead use that money to fund "poo" energy and all the other greener options!

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