Minnesota Zoo to Break Ground on Conservation Carousel
Apple Valley, MINN – August 27, 2013 – Minnesota Zoo staff, friends, members, volunteers and donors will come together at the Zoo on Wednesday, August 28 at 3 p.m. to break ground on the Zoo’s new Conservation Carousel.
Located on the Northern Trail, the privately-funded Carousel will feature 56 unique, hand-carved animals, representing species found at the Zoo and rare and endangered species from around the world.
The Conservation Carousel – part of the Zoo’s newly-released mastr plan – offers unique sponsorship opportunities for the general public to celebrate and honor family members, friends or loved ones. Special plaques and a donor wall will recognize contributors and the honorees while creating an enduring commitment to wildlife.
Dozens of Zoo members have sponsored the Carousel’s snow monkey, and Zoo volunteers are sponsoring the Carousel’s tiger cub. In addition, Zoo donors, including Board Trustees and Zoo staff have sponsored 38 of the 56 possible animals to date, and also have provided donations towards the decorative wildlife panels and surrounding benches.
“We are so fortunate to have so many friends of the Zoo who are excited about our new Conservation Carousel,” said Melissa Lindsay, executive director of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. “They not only are enthusiastic about supporting one of the animals, decorative panels or benches, but they are also intrigued about making an investment in something that will support conservation.”
The Conservation Carousel is scheduled to open in summer, 2014. It will be built by The Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio. Proceeds from the Conservation Carousel will benefit Minnesota Zoo conservation programs.
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).