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Growing on the High Plains: Treating Zoo Animals to a Garden Snack

It's no secret that I like to support my local zoo in Garden City, KS.  For years I've served as an advocate and fundraiser, but my assistance also extends directly to the animals themselves.

Today's Growing on the High Plains will serve as a friendly reminder that your surplus garden bounty could benefit animals in your community. I'll detail the diets of the lodgers, what they like best and what's best to avoid. In addition to fruit and veggie munchies, they also enjoy baby branches, succulents, and edible flowers. Plus, some gourd offerings are further enjoyed as playthings.
They prefer organic, chemical-free offerings, though they're happy to wash a squash with fair warning. Oh, and don't forget that your donation will be returned in kind with a little "zoo doo" voodoo.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.