Mesker Park Zoo Welcomes Back Carousel

For thousands of people in Evansville it was a major heartbreak to see the old carousel leave town more than 40 years ago. But from that despair, the lions and tiger and bears, oh my, are once bringing joy to kids young and old.

Mesker Park Zoo's brand new carousel opened Wednesday.

Carousel music is a sound Mesker Park Zoo hasn't heard in a long time.
But the music flowing through the park  on Wednesday reminds John Engelbrecht of his childhood.

“I'd ride my bike to the zoo to ride the carousel,” said Donor John Engelbrecht.

But Engelbrecht says that carousel stopped spinning in the 60's.

Now, the familiar carousel sound is a sign of rebirth.

"I'm hoping that it reconnects everybody to the zoo and we can have a rejuvenated focused on the zoo future,” said Zoo Director Amos Morris.

Zoo Director Amos Morris says it was a challenge bringing back the historic ride but it was made possible by donors. The Engelbrecht family was excited to help.

"Very excited we are vary pleased to have been asked to help out with this project,” said Engelbrecht.

"We want to provide a carousel to really engage the kids of today so they had the same memories of the kids back 59 years ago,” said Morris.

The carousel might sound familiar but there is something different about the animals who ride.

"All the animals are endangered species so that's an extra nice feature,” said Engelbrecht.

"The western lowland gorilla who is critically endangered you have the okapi which is critical enraged and the okapi is in the family if giraffe,” said Morris.

The Engelbrecht Carousel is two tokens to ride and is open daily from 10am to 4pm. 


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