Reid Park Zoo Carousel Under Construction

Construction is underway on a carousel at Reid Park Zoo that will feature hand-carved endangered species from around the world. The carousel is scheduled to be completed this week and will debut Friday at ZOOcson, the Zoo’s annual gala fundraiser. The American-made carousel features 30 animal species, including an elephant, a lemur, a dolphin, and even a giant anteater. Each animal was fabricated by craftsmen at Chance Rides, an amusement company based in Wichita, Kansas. The carousel will be topped by a safari-themed thatched roof.

“This carousel is a tremendous gift made possible by the Reid Park Zoological Society,” said Zoo Administrator Jason Jacobs. "It’s going to provide an exciting new focal point for guests entering the Zoo and a fun new activity for families to enjoy together."

Even though the carousel debuts for donors this week, rides will not begin immediately, but they should start soon. The carousel will cost $3 per rider, with proceeds going toward improving the Zoo.