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New LA Zoo carousel comes with handcrafted animals, $2.5 million price tag

A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
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A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A red river hog seat is one of many animals from the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that the Zoo hopes will be sponsored for $25,000.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A puffin tries out warmer weather at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
This carousel seat is an ocean creature: a smiling clownfish with a starfish saddle.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
These owls sit patiently on a log, ready to be mounted on the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
One of the many animals featured on the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel — this one a tapir.
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A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
This hand-carved giant eland was hand painted along with all its animal brethren that will soon give rides at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A scarab beetle is among the animals the zoo hopes will be sponsored for $25,000.
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A seal smiles and offers a ride to onlookers.
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A skunk is yet another animal that will be featured on the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
An okapi is among the animals that will grace the new Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A bee that will soon join the ranks of the many animals at the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A baby rhino is one of the many animals featured on the Zoo's website.
Los Angeles Zoo
A photo of the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel that will open Oct. 27, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
An ostrich — mid stride — waits to join the other animals on the new Los Angeles Zoo carousel.


The Los Angeles Zoo will debut a sparkling new $2.5 million carousel on Thursday — complete with your favorite zoo animals.

The Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel boasts 66 figures, most of them inspired by animals found at the zoo. A trio of horse racing elite, Zenyatta, Giacomo and Tiago, are among them and pay tribute to owners Ann and Jerry Moss. It was their financial gift to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association that launched the carousel project.

Each wooden animal was hand-carved and hand painted by the The Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio. The carousel, which will sit atop the Treetops Terrace at the center of the zoo, also features hand-painted California flora and fauna.

Revenue from $3 carousel rides will go toward conservation projects at the zoo.

The Moss family named the carousel after the late screenwriter because he was an avid supporter of conservation efforts. Before he died last year, he personally sponsored the carousel's dung beetle chariot.

The zoo is also offering $25,000 sponsorships of each carousel animal.