Thousands of Pounds of Mulch and Hundreds of Volunteer Hours Donated to Zoo

The world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, and students from an iconic Palm Beach institution, are making a difference at the Palm Beach Zoo. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company donated to the Zoo approximately 58,000 pounds of Florida Select™ Eucalyptus Mulch on Friday, August 23, 2013. Fifty-five Palm Beach Atlantic University students volunteered on Saturday, August 24, 2013, to help clean the zoo grounds. Zoo officials believe these valuable partnerships align perfectly with the Zoo’s mission of protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat, and inspiring others to value and conserve the natural world.

“We are excited to build these partnerships with Palm Beach Atlantic University and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company,” said Joe Landmichl, Vounteer and Docent Manager for the Zoo. “What better way to spend the day than with students of the community, and a company who believes in environmental sustainability.”

Landmichl reached out to the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company after learning of the company’s sustainable cypress alternative mulch, which is grown in Florida, and produced only two hours away from West Palm Beach, near Sebring. The 150 cubic yards of loose Florida Select™ Eucalyptus Mulch that was donated weighs approximately 58,000 pounds, and is sustainable, natural, locally-produced and effective.

“Scotts Miracle-Gro is proud to partner with the Palm Beach Zoo to help educate the next generation on the importance of protecting Florida's natural cypress trees,” said the company's regional president, Chris Allen. "Florida Select Mulch is a sustainably-harvested mulch made from renewable Eucalyptus, which means we're able to help beatify the zoo grounds while using a more sustainable option to Cypress mulch.”

Landmichl also worked with Kate Magro, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Assistant Director of Workship, to continue an ongoing partnership of volunteerism. PBAU chose the Zoo as part of the University’s “Welcome Week” service project, in which incoming PBAU freshmen students are taking part in community service at various locations. At the Zoo, the students participated in landscaping, exotic plant removal and painting, as part of a University tradition of responding to the needs of the community through service before the beginning of the fall semester.

“The Palm Beach Zoo has been a longstanding community partner of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and we are excited that this partnership is continuing this year,” said Magro. “In addition to the Welcome Week service project, the Rinker Men’s Residence Hall has adopted the Palm Beach Zoo, and will be volunteering throughout the school year.”

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