The wait to experience the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and Nature Discovery Ridge at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is over!
Sixty-four animals in all have been carved by Mansfield, Ohio-based Carousel Works and were installed in a new pavilion in the newly designed Circle of Wildlife area at the Zoo. The animal figures are grouped together on the carousel according to their natural environment, including African grassland, tropical forest and tundra. The carousel company also created eight custom animals that don’t appear on any other carousel it has built, including an Anatolian shepherd, lynx, cardinal tetra (a species of fish), ocelot, ring-tailed lemur, loris, emperor penguin and fossa. See the carousel layout here
Single ride tickets for the carousel are $3 and $2.50 for Zoo Society members. All day ride passes are available for $8 or $6 for members.
Adjacent to the carousel is the new Nature Discovery Ridge play area, which engages children’s imaginations and inspires them to come out and play through the use of wild habitats and natural elements like rocks, water and trees. Kids are able to explore, climb, and best of all, have fun reconnecting with nature and letting their imaginations run wild. See a rendering of the Nature Discovery Ridge play area here
An observation deck for parents and caregivers overlooks 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. Pavilion rental packages include single ride and all day ride passes on the carousel. Future plans for this area of the Zoo include building a rentable events center adjacent to the carousel, called Stillwater Place
, for weddings, corporate events, meetings, or trade shows to open by spring 2015.