CLEVELAND-- The new carousel at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is finally coming to life! The first animal figurine was installed on Friday.
It’s of a cheetah that was hand carved and hand painted.
The Carousel Works, Inc. was behind the creation of that figurine, plus all 63 other animals that will soon be installed.
"We've had a number of different goals as we move forward, getting the building ready. Carousel Works here and this was a big one, installing our first figure,” said Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Plans for the carousel have been in the works for a while.
Dr. Kuhar said they spent a lot of time and energy picking the right animals, and organizing them in such a way that it reflects their natural habitats.
"Every zoo we do is different as far as what figures they want and what they want the façade to look like,” said owner Dan Jones from The Carousel Works, Inc. “This one is very unique. It's a whole new design,” he said.
Just outside the carousel, there’s a lot to seem, too. The zoo is building a new play area, more concession stands and restrooms.
"We're calling this carousel area the Circle of Wildlife, so obviously the circle because of the carousel, but we're really trying to emphasize the connections between habitats, animals and people,” said Dr. Kuhar.
The carousel is expected to be up and running by the end of May.
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