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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Circle of Wildlife Carousel now open

By Craig Webb Published: June 5, 2014

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has opened its Circle of Wildlife Carousel.

The carousel featuring 64 hand-carved animals by Mansfield-based Carousel Works actually opened last weekend.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the carousel and the whole Circle of Wildlife area," said Executive Zoo Director Dr. Chris Kuhar in a statement. "The carousel adds an entirely new dimension to the guest experience the Zoo offers. We know it will be the perfect place for family members of multiple generations to visit and create memories for years to come."

The animals are grouped on the ride by their natural environment, including African grassland, tropical forest and tundra. Eight custom animals that don't appear on any other carousel built by the Ohio company are on the carousel including a shepherd, lynx, cardinal tetra (a species of fish), ocelot, ring-tailed lemur, loris, emperor penguin and fossa.

The pavilion housing the carousel features 12 of the bird tiles by Cleveland artist and designer Viktor Schreckengost that were repurposed from the old Birds of the World Building from the 1950s.

Single ride tickets are $3 and $2.50 for Zoo Society members. All day ride passes are $8 or $6 for members.

Situated by the attraction is the new Nature Discovery Ridge play area featuring natural elements like rocks, water and trees.

The zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Admission is $12.25 for adults, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2.

For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.  

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