The Zoo's 36-foot Endangered Species Carousel, which opened in 2006, is very popular with families with young children. With lights and sound playing traditional old-time carousel music, it's a ride into the past. Our unique ride-figure is the polar bear, which was fabricated specifically for the NC Zoo. Each animal figure is hand painted fiberglass with glass eyes. Our carousel was manufactured by The Chance Morgan Ride Company.
Parents can stand and hold a small child at no cost. A ticket is required for the child. Ride figures include zebras, bears, sea lions, elephants, gorillas and other animals. For smaller children, there is also a spinning tub shaped like a bird's nest. The ride is ADA compliant and includes a swan bench seat that accommodates wheelchairs. The carousel has a weight limit of 170 lbs per animal.