Akron Zoo carousel opens on Saturday

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The Akron Zoo will unveil its newest expansion, a Conservation Carousel, July 31, 2010. The carousel will feature 33 hand-carved wooden animals and a peacock chariot that kids and adults will be able to ride. In addition to the carousel there is also a brand new picnic area adjacent to the new carousel.

Some of the animals on the carousel will be ones that reside at the Akron Zoo like a penguin, Komodo dragon and a tiger. There will also be many animals guest will be able to ride that are not currently found at the zoo like an elephant, polar bear and giraffe. The carousel ride will be $2 and will last about 2½ minutes. There will also be graphics at the ride so riders can see where the animal they rode lives.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, $6 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org <http://www.akronzoo.org/> or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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