I love carousels, and I'm always excited to learn about the history of unusual ones. In 1992, the Natural History Museum in France created the Carousel of Extinct and Endangered Animals. Children can learn about the animals and take a ride on them, too. The carousel includes a variety of rare creatures, such as the dodo, the aepyornis (a massive creature known as the "elephant bird"), the Barbary lion, the horned turtle, and the sivatherium (a type of early giraffe). It also features endangered animals, like the panda and the gorilla. A plaque next to the carousel provides visitors with educational information about the animals and extinction.