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Toronto Zoo's 'drive-thru experience' to open on Saturday

A screenshot of the Toronto Zoo's Scenic Drive-Thru Experience. YOUTUBE

The Toronto Zoo is set to open its Scenic Drive-Thru Experience on Saturday, as it pivots to a new way to safely see the zoo with the spread of the coronavirus appearing to slow across the province.

The zoo said tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Friday and that they must be purchased in advance.

Guests will be able to see the zoo from a whole new perspective, as they drive their own vehicles on staff-only roads, pedestrian walkways, and even through the lion cave in the African Savanna.

“We are so excited to introduce this new experience to our guests. We have truly missed welcoming people to our Toronto Zoo and this is a new and innovative way for our guests to enjoy the Zoo in the safety of their own vehicles,” Dolf DeJong, CEO of the Toronto Zoo, said in a release.

“Good news: @TheTorontoZoo has worked with @TOPublicHealth to find a way to open again while taking precautions to protect people from #COVID19,” Mayor John Tory said in a tweet.

The drive-thru experience travels 3.4 kilometres and takes around 45 minutes to an hour.

A car with two or less people will cost $32 for zoo members and $44 for non-members. A vehicle with three or more people inside will cost $47 for members and $59 for non-members.