Addie Davis, age 3, was honored Friday morning, Dec. 1, as the 5 millionth rider on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Addie and her father Dustin Davis, both of St. Louis, chose to climb aboard the giraffe on the carousel for a ride together. The family was presented with an appreciation package of Zoo merchandise, a Zoo membership and a Zoo Parents adoption by Jeffrey Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown president and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo.

The custom-designed carousel debuted in May 2003. All proceeds from this attraction help support Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute conservation programs in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the Conservation Carousel has raised more than $7.1 million for wildlife conservation.

“The Conservation Carousel is a fun experience for our guests, and it can open the door for riders to engage in discussions about wildlife,” says Dr. Bonner. “By simply purchasing a ticket for just a few dollars, our visitors can contribute to important conservation programs.”

Mary Ann Lee, a St. Louis philanthropist and generous Saint Louis Zoo supporter who passed away April 17, 2017, provided the significant financial contribution that made the carousel possible, along with a number of local families and businesses.

The carousel features 64 colorful, hand-carved wooden animals representing protected and endangered species at the Zoo. Carousel animals include a Humboldt penguin, polar bear, poison dart frog, black rhino calf, Asian elephant and many other charming figures. The ride is ADA accessible, with two chariots on the carousel that accommodate wheelchairs.

Tickets to ride the Conservation Carousel are $3 per person; children under age 2 ride for free. Admission is free during the first hour of carousel operation daily. Children under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free. The Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on days of U.S. Bank Wild Lights. For a full schedule of hours, including holidays, visit stlzoo.org.