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Dave Ireland is the zoo's conservation program head and he told reporters that the facility was seeking bids to construct a recycle facility. The dung materials will be naturally processed to produce methane gas, which will be collected and burned. The heat will drive generators with the excess heat used to warm the facilities. It is calculated that the new facility will produce the equivalent amount of electricity that is normally needed to power 5,000 homes.
According to Ireland, no other zoo in the world is doing this. The project will reduce a large waste stream and significantly reduce the zoo's $1.3 million annual gas bill.