Conservation Carousel Opening Soon



TAKE A SPIN WITH A CLASSIC TWIST, THE NEW CONSERVATION
CAROUSEL AT HOGLE ZOO!

There was a time in
our history when more than 10,000 carousels graced communities across the
United States. In their heyday, these beautiful rides were constructed for
children of all ages to enjoy, generation after generation.

 

(Salt
Lake City, UT) – After years in the making, the new Conservation Carousel and
Oasis Plaza at Hogle Zoo are finally opening! Be a part of Hogle Zoo history for the Conservation Carousel opening
ceremonies Saturday June 7, 2008 at 9:00 am (gates open at 8:30 that morning
only).
As a special bonus on that morning, the very talented birds from Hogle Zoo’s Meadow Gold World of Flight bird show pull the
ceremonial opening day ribbon! Activities that day include stilt
walkers and jugglers, up-close animal presentations, and free cotton candy
to the first 100 kids through the gate.

 

With
its timeless appeal and classic design Hogle Zoo’s new Conservation Carousel is
destined to be one of the Zoo’s most beloved attractions, and promises to
become an instant icon for Utah families for many years to come. This unique
attraction features 42 exotic and endangered animals, each beautifully hand
carved in the style of an authentic carousel created in the early 1900s.
Created for Hogle Zoo by Carousel Works Inc. of Mansfield Ohio, each hand
painted carousel animal took artisans 30- to 40- hours from start to
completion. Truly a majestic sight, the Conservation Carousel is a
generation-linking spot for families, as well as a way to enrich guests’
understanding of Hogle Zoo’s role in addressing global threats to the natural
world.
 

Each year, the Hogle Zoo supports conservation projects to
carry out the mission of education, conservation and recreation.
As a help to
these conservation efforts both locally and around the world, a portion of the
proceeds from the Conservation Carousel will be used. Additionally, the new
Elephant Encounter solar panel installation made possible in part by a
partnership with Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program will
continue Hogle Zoo green efforts by potentially producing the equivalent to the
amount of energy needed to power the Conservation Carousel.
This solar
energy system is grid-tied and net-metered, benefiting not only the
environment, but also local communities.

 

Adjacent to the current Wildlife Theatre and Elephant
Encounter, the new Oasis Plaza area is the premier spot for guests to be
together with their families. Not only is this a large and relaxing open space,
Hogle Zoo Executive Director Craig Dinsmore adds, “The Oasis Plaza will be a
‘Fun Zone’ with lots of activity to enhance guests’ visits, as well as
great places to just sit and enjoy the day.”

 

For
more information about Hogle Zoo’s new Conservation Carousel and Oasis Plaza,
contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite at (801) 584-1729 or
email.
 

About the Association
of Zoos & Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of
only 216 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated
to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to
helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.