National Zoo Debuts Conservation Carousel

Ever wanted to ride a panda? Now you can!

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Ever wanted to ride a panda? Oryx? Oastrich? Now you can! The National Zoo is debuting a sweet new carousel featuring with hand-carved, hand-painted figures representing many endangered animals. The Speedwell Foundation, a private family foundation based in Summit, N.J., donated $1.5 million of the $2.3 million cost to build the carousel. A zoo spokeswoman says donations covered the remainder.
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The solar-powered Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel opened Monday.
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The carousel is powered by 162 solar panels donated and installed by Pepco Energy Services. The zoo says any excess energy is redirected to the zoo's electrical grid, the Associated Press reports.
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The carousel costs $3 to ride. Proceeds from ticket sales will support animal care and conservation research at the zoo, the Associated Press says.
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The carousel features 58 different animals.
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