Praise Zoo for Turning Animal Waste into Energy


Target: Detroit Zoological Society COO, Gerry VanAker

Goal: Praise zoo for raising money for technology that will turn animal waste into renewable energy.

The Detroit Zoo officials announced their plans to use a major byproduct of its animal occupants by turning it into renewable energy for their facilities. They are doing this by putting animal manure through a system called a “biodigester,” which then breaks down abundant amounts of manure into usable energy for the zoo. In order to make this project possible, the Detroit Zoological Society and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation shared their crowd-funding campaign to build the energy-producing method.

In a press conference, the individuals behind the project revealed that the biogester would be able to turn over 400 tons of animal manure into rich methane gas. The zoo generates that much manure and organic waste on a yearly basis. Specifically, the new biogas will be used to help power the nearby Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex, which save the zoo up to $80,000 a year in energy costs. Most importantly, the project will help cut down valuable fossil fuel use and greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Detroit Zoo will be the first zoo in America to have this type of technology. The system will also be able to convert manure into rich compost that can be used to fertilize animal habitats and gardens throughout the facilities.

Please sign this petition to thank the Detroit Zoological Society and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for working to produce sustainable energy for the zoo.


Dear Gerry VanAker,

It is amazing news that the Detroit Zoological Society and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation teamed up to use a renewable energy source to help protect the environment. The biodigester has the ability to turn tons of dry animal waste into usable electricity. Not only will this save the Detroit zoo thousands of dollars in electricity bills, but it will also cut out a significant amount of fossil fuel use.

This is a noteworthy first step toward preserving the environment. It is very impressive that the Detroit Zoo will be the first zoo in North America to use this new form of technology. They are truly altering the way energy is usually made and used. Hopefully in the future, more zoos and facilities will take part in this amazing discovery.

We want to thank you and your team for the research that you have put into this. We support your valuable energy saving project.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Roland H via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Now that’s innovative! I’m amazed that they have discovered a way of doing this and hopefully the rest of the zoo’s, world wide will follow their example!

  2. Denise Millet says:

    Factory Farming can learn a thing or two by this extraordinary idea!

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