- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - There’s a new carousel ride at the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Gardens in Evansville.

The Engelbrecht Carousel features 30 endangered animals. It’s housed inside a heated pavilion with retractable windows to protect it from the elements so that it can be operated during cold weather. The Evansville Courier and Press reports that there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to open the carousel to the public. A 2½ minute ride will cost $2.

Zoo officials say completion of the carousel is the first step in efforts to attract new visitors, boost revenues and enhance visitor experiences. The $2.8 million project includes the carousel and an event space available for public use. The next phase of the project includes an aviary. The zoo is still seeking donors for that.


Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, https://www.courierpress.com

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