The tens of thousands of Australians flocking to Adelaide Zoo to see giant pandas on loan from China were offered the chance beginning Wednesday to buy samples of their poo as souvenirs of their time with Wang Wang and Funi.
The pair are the only giant pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and have proved a hit with patrons.
Zoo chief executive Chris West said the sales revenue from packets of the celebrity compost would help defray the high cost of growing the bamboo they eat.
The dung, marketed as must-have mulch with the “fragrant aroma and undigested appearance,” went on sale at 200 outlets in and around Adelaide.
Wang Wang and Funi arrived from Chengdu last year. They have been weaned off bamboo flown in from China and are tucking into shoots grown especially for them in Adelaide.