The new Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel at the Los Angeles Zoo features 62 artisan-crafted figures and 2 chatiots as diverse as a komodo dragon, poison dart frog, Sumatran tiger and a dung beetle chariot, it is set apart by the quality of its exceptional craftsmanship, vibrant color, sense of fun and lively depictions of endangered wildlife and California flora and fauna.
This stunning wooden carousel, commissioned by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and made possible by a generous gift from Ann and Jerry Moss and by figure sponsorships from individual benefactors, is the only one of its kind in Southern California.
Every hand-carved and hand-painted figure on the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel is a beautiful piece of art, right down to the vivid décor of each saddle. Many represent animals residing at the Zoo.
As an homage to the traditional art of carousel creation, there are horses, including a far from ordinary equine trio prancing among the carousel’s more exotic fauna: horse racing’s illustrious stars Zenyatta, Giacomo and Tiago, in tribute to Ann and Jerry Moss, their owners.
Appealing as much to adults as to children, the carousel’s design includes a centerpiece surrounded by painted murals that take riders around a whimsical dusk-to-dawn pictorial of the world’s wild animals in unexpected settings — from Malibu to Hollywood — and the carousel spins to music by the Police, Go-Go's, Cat Stevens, Amy Grant, Janet Jackson, Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker, Styx, the Carpenters, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and other recording artists from the A&M label co-founded by Jerry Moss with Alpert.
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