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Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel

A Ride for Conservation

The Conservation Carousel features 64 colorful hand-carved wooden animals, representing protected and endangered species at the Saint Louis Zoo. It's hard to decide whether to climb on a cheetah, warthog, hippo, polar bear, Grevy's zebra, Humboldt penguin or other exotic figures.

The ride is ADA accessible. Two chariots on the carousel can accommodate wheelchairs.

All proceeds from this attraction help support the WildCare Institute.


  • $2.95 per person during all hours of Zoo operation
  • Children under 2 are free. All other persons require paid admission.
  • Children under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please note that attractions are weather dependent and hours and operations are subject to change.

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Mary Ann Lee Remembered

Our community was saddened by the passing of Mary Ann McCarthy Taylor Lee on April 17, 2017. Mary Ann was a caring and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family brought Mary Ann much joy and she shared her love of St. Louis, Forest Park, and the Saint Louis Zoo with them. Her many good deeds and generosity, plus her care and compassion for others, were widely known.

At the Zoo, she will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of St. Louisans for the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. The young and the young at heart have enjoyed a whirl on this beautiful feature of our Zoo. Seeing children enjoy the Zoo and in particular the Carousel always provided Mary Ann with immense joy.