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Opening Day for the Circle of Wildlife Carousel at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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On May 30, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will unveil it's new Circle of Wildlife Carousel. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Zoo visitors can take a ride on the Carousel and also visit the new Nature Discovery Ridge play area. Single ride tickets for the carousel will be $3 and all day ride passes will be available for $8.

The Circle of Wildlife Carousel was carved by Carousel Works, and features 64 different animal figures. The figures are grouped together according to their natural environment, including African grassland, tropical forest and tundra. The carousel includes eight custom animals that don’t appear on any other ride Carousel Works has built, including an Anatolian shepherd, lynx, cardinal tetra (a species of fish), ocelot, ring-tailed lemur, loris, emperor penguin and fossa.

Next to the carousel is the new Nature Discovery Ridge play area, which will engage children’s imaginations and inspire them to come out and play through the use of wild habitats and natural elements like rocks, water and trees. Kids will be able to explore, climb, and best of all, have fun reconnecting with nature and letting their imaginations run wild. An observation deck for parents and caregivers will overlook the play area. New restroom facilities, a food concessions area and two new picnic shelters with a capacity of 120 guests each are part of the Circle of Wildlife area’s development as well.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at 3900 Wildlife Way in Cleveland. For more information, call 216.661.6500

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