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Japanese Macaque, photo via the Detroit Zoo.

Want some free poop? The Detroit Zoological Society will be, in their words, “number one at giving away number two” when they host their sixth annual GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo next Saturday, April 14.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrates Earth Day.

Here’s the deal. The first one thousand guests to visit the anaerobic digester educational display will receive a token for a 5-gallon bucket to be filled with free Detroit Zoo Poo.

Zoo Poo, in case you’re wondering, is an herbivorous compost — meaning it’s made by plant-eating animals — processed in the Zoo’s anaerobic digester and produced in partnership with Detroit Dirt. It leaves a nutrient-rich fertilizer that’s good for your garden.

Other green things the Zoo is doing include diverting 60,000 plastic bottles from the waste stream each year by stopping the sale of bottled water on Detroit Zoo grounds and using permeable pavement in visitor pathways and one of the parking lots.

Other highlights include the cricket-breeding program, rain gardens and solar energy system.

GreenFest guests can also explore farm-to-table food options, expand their science knowledge during chemistry demonstrations and make window decals to prevent bird strikes.

Detroit Dirt will be on hand to talk about composting, and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will provide information on conservation programs and green initiatives in Oakland County.

All GreenFest activities are free with Detroit Zoo admission.

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