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CONSERVATION CAROUSEL PROJECT
$280,000 GOAL

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ABOUT THE CONSERVATION CAROUSEL PROJECT

The Edmonton Valley Zoo children’s carousel is one of only two working 1959 Herschel Spillman Children’s carousels in operation, the other of which is in the Herschel museum! For years the carousel has been in a state of overhaul/restoration. Included in the restoration will be 20 all new carved zoo animals, 2 carved “chariots”, new hardwood decking, 52 new decorative panels, new electrical system, new lighting, new sound and PA system and updated drive system all done by the Fort Edmonton Park volunteer carving group and their partners. 

The Valley Zoo Development Society is raising funds for both a temporary building and the Carousel’s permanent home at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Once it is in operation in its new home the Conservation Carousel will be by donation for all children to ride; raising funds for future conservation projects while educating children about the incredible animals they’re enjoying and surrounded by. The Valley Zoo Development Society has committed to raise $280,000 to finish this project.

 

Keep scrolling to see 4 ways you can help!

1. MAKE A DONATION

Make a donation through Canada Helps of $25 or more and we’ll mail you a Carousel Coloring Book and a tax receipt for your donation!

2. PURCHASE A Conservation CAROUSEL COLORING BOOK

Purchase one of our 32-page colouring & activity book that celebrates the beloved carousel at the Edmonton Valley Zoo and the animals that make up the carousel seats.

3. PURCHASE A CARVING

Purchase one of the ½ size hand carved works of art in the Zootique!

4. SPONSOR A CONSERVATION CAROUSEL SEAT

Sponsor a newly hand-carved carousel seat in memory or honour of a loved one, to celebrate a milestone such as a retirement or company anniversary, or as advertising for your businesses!

FORT EDMONTON CARVERS

The Fort Edmonton Park volunteer carvers and their partners have been working to restore The Edmonton Valley Zoo children’s carousel with 20 all new carved zoo animals, 2 carved “chariots”, new hardwood decking, 52 new decorative panels, new electrical system, new lighting, new sound and PA system and updated drive system. Once complete the carousel will be available for children to enjoy, all while raising money for future conservation projects 

CAROUSEL HISTORY

Allan Herschell formed his first company in 1872. He produced his first carousel in 1883. After a very productive life in the amusement ride business, he retired in 1911. He came out of retirement and formed the Allan Herschell Company with partners John Wendler and Ferdinand W. Fritchie in 1915. In the early 1920’s, he developed a merry-go-round that was on a smaller scale and built for children. Prior to this, the carousel or merry-go-round was considered an adult ride. The animals on the adult rides were hand carved of wood. The animals on this smaller machine were made of cast aluminum, two halves that were welded together. The decoration on the machine was very similar to the adult size rides. Mr. Herschell died in 1927.

 THANK YOU TO OUR SEAT SPONSORS

Harper Rose Loughlin
Beaver
Anna & Richard Fahrion
Camel
In Memory of Sharon Murray
Armadillo
Monica & Marvin Zeniuk
Red Panda
Misty and Tyler Totman – Encouraging Imagination & Creativity
Bighorn Sheep
Michael and Miyako Walker
Wallaby
The Melton Foundation
Monkey Chariot
Proudly Sponsored in Honour of Zander
Zebra
Members of the Lions Club of Castledowns 2015
Snow Leopard
In Loving Memory of Tim Clapson
Sturgeon
Anonymous
Ring-Tailed Lemur
Proudly Sponsored by Kevin & Ellen
Arctic Fox
In Memory of Shauna Treichel
Meerkat
In Memory of Bill Hollands
Mallard Duck
Anna & Richard Fahrion
Great Horned Owl
Sandra Petersson
Great Grey Owl
In Honour of Volunteers; Our City’s Life Blood (2017)
Tortoise
Proudly Sponsored By Rebecca & Trevor Flynn
Lynx
In Honour of Dean Treichel
Animal Tracks
To Be Announced
Harbour Seal
Celebrating Jacob Alexander Waterhouse
Arctic Wolf
Proudly Sponsored By Dave & Laurie Boadway in Honour of Our Grandchildren
Tiger
Proudly Sponsored By C & G Cameron in Honour of Our Beloved Lucy
Elephant
Celebrating Peyton Sophia Waterhouse
Polar Bear
Terry Keefe
Capybara