Denver Zoo Uses the Power of…Poo…

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

Denver Zoo Using the Power of Poo

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44 comments

Warren Webber
Warren Webber3 years ago

Nice, but I still think zoos ought to be illegal & replaced by animal sanctuaries.

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Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

cool

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Ruth S.
Ruth C5 years ago

Animals don't belong in zoos!!

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Brian Hamilton
Brian Hamilton5 years ago

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

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Julie W.
Julie W5 years ago

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.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran5 years ago

Thanks.

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Hilary S.
Hilary S5 years ago

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.

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Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

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

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Juliet D.
judith sanders5 years ago

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:
http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/methane_generator.html

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Diana S.
Diana S5 years ago

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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