Guest notice: The Conservation Carousel will be closed until further notice for restoration and maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Round and round you go! The Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, features 64 colorful hand-carved wooden animals, representing protected and endangered species at the Saint Louis Zoo. 

The Conservation Carousel is fun for the family and offers a new way to engage families in discussions about wild animals and the need for their conservation. It's hard to decide whether to climb on a cheetah, warthog, hippo, polar bear, Grevy's zebra, Humboldt penguin or other exotic figures.

It's located on the north side of the Zoo near McDonnell Polar Bear Point. The ride is ADA accessible. Two chariots on the carousel can accommodate wheelchairs. All proceeds from this attraction will help support our WildCare Institute. The Zoo is also offering carousel animals available as carousel gift opportunities.


Click here for information on attraction hours.

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


$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. 
Save with an Adventure Pass.

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.