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A unique merry-go-round at the Los Angeles Zoo

Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel 1

As kids we grew up with merry-go-rounds with wooden horses, carousel music and dreams of a brass ring. The Los Angeles Zoo has come up with an updated version, complete with a variety of endangered species.

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The new Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel opened October 27th features 66 hand-carved wooden animal figures – including Siberian tigers, baby rhinos and a tapir, all on the endangered species list. This unique carousel will help raise money for the Los Angeles Zoo through single rides ($3) up to a full sponsorship ($2,500).

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Along with the special rides, the music is updated too, featuring selections from the Police, Janet Jackson, Amy Grant, Styx, and the Go Go’s. It’s a very special ride for a very special cause – a “must see” the next time you’re in the southern California area.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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