Hundreds of individuals queue up on-line for Toronto Zoo’s drive-thru ‘safari’

Katherine DeClerq,

Printed Friday, Might 22, 2020 four:59PM EDT

Final Up to date Friday, Might 22, 2020 7:42PM EDT

Hundreds of individuals queued up on-line Friday in hopes of scoring a ticket to the Toronto Zoo’s latest attraction—a drive-thru “safari” that can permit visitors to catch glimpses of the animals whereas adhering to COVID-19 public security measures.

The Toronto Zoo shut its doorways on the primary day of March Break and can reopen formally on Saturday.

The “Scenic Safari” permits households to take a 45-minute tour across the zoo in their very own automobiles by the African Rainforest Pavillion, the Americas Pavillion and Eurasia Wilds. A few of the highlights embrace driving by the lion’s tunnel and over a bridge above the Rouge Valley.

Company will have the ability to take heed to a guided audio podcast the place zoo keepers will present commentary all through the tour.

Dolf Dejong, the CEO of the Toronto Zoo, mentioned the tour is “the type of expertise we now have by no means supplied visitors earlier than.”

“We’re actually excited to be internet hosting visitors once more,” Dejong mentioned. “The highlights are individuals get to go on a mixture of strolling trails, service roads, our zoo cellular route and get glimpses of the animals they’ve by no means had earlier than.”

“We expect individuals are actually going to be excited by it.”

There can be short-term washrooms arrange off website to be used previous to the tour and as soon as the safari begins, visitors won’t be permitted to depart their automobiles.

The spring season usually brings in additional than $400,000 a day in income and the zoo hops the Scenic Safari will assist offset a few of that loss.

Torontonians wait hours for tickets

Tickets for the safari went on sale Friday, however for some visitors it took hours of ready till they have been in a position to get their tour booked.

The Toronto Zoo issued an apology to clients on social media, saying excessive quantity of visitors precipitated glitches within the system.

“The queue quantity was an unprecedented occasion for our ticketing system and we’re hopeful that this concern is now resolved,” they mentioned. “Tickets are nonetheless accessible presently and we plan so as to add further dates and time slots to welcome as many visitors to the Zoo as potential. We actually respect everybody’s enthusiasm supporting your Toronto Zoo by buying a Scenic Safari journey and thanks once more to your endurance as we attempt to navigate methods to greatest serve you sooner or later.”

As of three:45 p.m. on Friday, there have been 6,000 tickets remaining.