Hogle Zoo's new carousel will open Saturday at 9 a.m.

The "Conservation Carousel" features 42 exotic and endangered animals, each hand-carved in the style of an authentic carousel created in the early 1900s.

Created for Hogle Zoo by Carousel Works Inc. of Mansfield, Ohio, each hand-painted carousel animal took artisans 30 to 40 hours from start to completion.

Adjacent to the current Wildlife Theatre and Elephant Encounter, the new Oasis Plaza area serves as a meeting area for families.

Tickets for the new Conservation Carousel are $2 for nonmembers, $1.50 for members; part of the proceeds go toward conservation efforts associated with Utah's Hogle Zoo.

Hogle Zoo is located at 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave. Go to www.hoglezoo.org, or call 582-1631 for more information.