Toronto Zoo foresees reopening with a drive-thru

Companies and organizations across Ontario are thinking of new ways to serve customers post-COVID-19, and The Toronto Zoo is no exception. The Zoo is developing an innovative new interim plan to open as a safe drive-thru experience while meeting and exceeding the Ontario government’s requirements for reopening.

The pre-booked driving route would allow guests to see the Zoo’s animals from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle along a 3.4 kilometre route. Guests will begin their drive in the parking lot and proceed along part of the Zoomobile route. Once the Zoo receives approval to open, the public will be able to pre-purchase tickets online.

Along your drive-thru, you might have a chance to spot the Zoo’s newest addition, “baby long legs.” In the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Mstari, a six-year-old female Masai giraffe at the Toronto Zoo, gave birth to a healthy calf. This is the first offspring for both mother Mstari and father Kiko, a seven-year-old male who came to Toronto Zoo from Greenville Zoo in South Carolina in 2015. 

While you’re waiting for reopening and the drive-thru to get up and running, the Zoo is offering a “Virtual Campout” on Saturday, May 16 @ 7:45 pm. Join them LIVE on the Toronto Zoo YouTube Channel where they will introduce you to some of their WILD neighbours, as well as a campfire and a story or song to share! Build a homemade fort in your living room, or join the Zoo from your backyard during this fun and interactive experience.

Photo: “Baby long legs”; courtesy, The Toronto Zoo.

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