After being closed for the last two months, the Toronto Zoo is set to reopen with a drive-thru experience this weekend.
The Scenic Safari offering, launching Saturday, will allow guests to tour the zoo from their own vehicles while listening to Zoo Keeper commentary.
This means physical distancing continues, while you still get to learn about the animals you pass through in a variety of Zoogeographic areas.
“You’ll see the Zoo from a whole new perspective as you drive on staff-only roads, through the Zoo site, and even through the lion cave,” reads the zoo’s website.
“Keep your eyes peeled at every turn, like you are on a real-life African safari – only this time, it’s with a variety of animals from around the world.”
Mayor John Tory said on Tuesday that The Toronto Zoo worked alongside Toronto Public Health to hatch the plan for the Scenic Safari.
Good news: @TheTorontoZoo has worked with @TOPublicHealth to find a way to open again while taking precautions to protect people from #COVID19. The Zoo’s Scenic Safari opens to the public next weekend. More details: https://t.co/XJq2eXVX6i pic.twitter.com/KyCZYCM86R
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 19, 2020
In the experience’s webpage, it says that the Scenic Safari is a BYOC (bring your own car) opportunity, and vehicle dimensions must not exceed 7 ft high or 9 ft wide.
Safari patrons won’t be allowed to leave their car at any point during the tour, which runs approximately 45 minutes. Throughout the experience, you’ll be able to listen to a guided audio tour through the zoo’s Wild For Life podcast.
Cars with two or fewer occupants will be charged $44 for Non-Members and $32 for Members, while cars with three or more occupants will be charged $59 for Non-Members and $47 for Members.
You can get your tickets for the Scenic Safari online here.