Cleveland Metroparks Zoo plans new Circle of Wildlife Carousel

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo plans to build a new attraction that will be fun for the whole family.

Guests will be able to enjoy a new Circle of Wildlife Carousel. The Cleveland Metroparks Board of Commissioners has contracted Carousel Works Incorporated of Mansfield, Ohio, to build and install the ride.

"We're incredibly excited to bring our guests such a first-class attraction," said the zoo's Executive Director Dr. Christopher Kuhar.

Carousel Works is a family-owned business that has built rides of various sizes and animal themes at zoos in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Denver, and many other cities.

Cleveland's carousel will be 54 feet in diameter with 64 hand-carved, wooden animal figures and two hand-carved wooden chariots. The ride will feature a wide range of wildlife. Guests will see everything from snow leopards to gorillas and zebras.

The carousel will be located in the zoo's Savanna Ridge area. It will replace a playground and small event tent.

The estimated total cost of the project is $2 million, which will be raised by the Cleveland Zoological Society.

Completion is scheduled for spring 2014.

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