New Partnership with Texas Direct Auto Reinvigorates Family Favorite

From amazing armadillos to zany zebras, children have been delighted by the Wildlife Carousel at the Houston Zoo for more than 12 years, and now, thanks to Texas Direct Auto, the famous carousel has been given a fantastically wild upgrade.  The newly-refreshed Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel will continue to thrill the young and young-at-heart long into the future.

“We hope our sponsorship of this iconic spot for families at the Houston Zoo sparks children’s curiosity for the animals that grace the carousel, and that they then join the zoo to take action to protect those animals in the wild,” said Mike Welch, co-owner of Texas Direct Auto.

Co-owner Rick Williams added, “My excursions with the Houston Zoo fueled my passion for animals and gave me a deeper understanding of the perils facing wildlife. I want to use this gift to inspire both zoo guests and our team members to do more for wild faces and wild places.”

The Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel is in previews with zoo guests now, and will celebrate its official grand re-opening with free carousel rides all-day-long on Saturday, Nov. 1.  The carousel is $2 for zoo members and $3 for non-members, zoo admission is required.

Fun Facts about the Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel:

  • From armadillos to zebras, there are 84 different animals represented
  • In 2013, more than 300,000 people rode the carousel
  • It took approximately 80 gallons of paint to restore the carousel
  • On a typical summer Saturday, the carousel goes around an estimated 750 times


About Texas Direct Auto

Texas Direct Auto is the largest independent dealership in the nation and is the largest eBay Motors Dealership in the world with over half a billion in annual sales. Located in Stafford, Texas on U.S. Highway 59 between West Airport and Wilcrest Roads, the company maintains a used-car inventory of over 2,000 vehicles at all times. For more information, visit

About the Houston Zoo

Founded in 1922 and operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.  The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful Hermann Park.  The Zoo is open daily at 9 a.m. and closed Christmas Day.

The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  With 222 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.