Toronto Zoo’s Conservation Carousel

This month, the Zoo’s Exotic Conservation Carousel celebrates its birthday!

On June 23, 2010, the zoo officially opened their new one-of-a-kind ‘Conservation Carousel’ which features over 30 colourful, unique, hand-carved and painted wooden animals. Each represents an exotic animal species.

The animals were created out of American bass wood by fine craftsmen of the Wood Design Group, a company established in 1988 with a long history of manufacturing, designing and restoring these nostalgic rides. Master wood-carvers complete the process, hand carving and decorating everything, including the scenery panels. The carousel components were shipped from the Netherlands, where the company is located, and then assembled at the Zoo.

These animal forms are exquisite. So much detail!

What’s truly exceptional about the Toronto Zoo’s carousel is the education and conservation messages about endangered species that will inspire you as you whirl around on this magical ride.

The workmanship on this merry-go-round is exceptional!

The Conservation Carousel at the Toronto Zoo is open daily 10:00am – 6:30pm. Ride is weather dependent. You can check at the kiosk right next to the Carousel for current ride rates. Proceeds support endangered animals and the Toronto Zoo.

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