The El Paso Zoo this summer opened a new attraction that has kids and their parents and some grandparents spinning with joy.
The new Asia Gateway area has a cool and colorful 36-foot carousel ride that has 30 hand-painted animals you can ride. The animals represent endangered species from around the world such as an Asian elephant, a Mexican grey wolf, a white rhino and a western lowland gorilla.
The Hunt Family Endangered Species Carousel was a gift to the community from the El Paso Zoological Society made possible with the support of the Hunt Family Foundation.
The carousel is open year round during zoo hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and closes at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. The zoo is at 4001 E. Paisano. Information: 915-212-0966 or elpasozoo.org.