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San Antonio Zoo Reopens As A Drive-Thru
As attractions and public spaces slowly begin to reopen across the country, we may have to get used to a new normal. Drive-thru attractions could be a new trend, at least temporarily. The San Antonio Zoo announced it is giving families the opportunity to pack up their cars and drive-thru the park while COVID-19 is still a threat to the public.
According to the website, visitors will be able to see lions, tigers, and bears all from the security of inside their vehicle as they listen to an audio-guided tour. They will also be able to buy food and drinks curbside throughout the park while still maintaining the requirements of social distancing.
“This is a very unique and safe way for families to see the zoo while we are closed from the comfort of their own car,” Tim Morrow, president and CEO of San Antonio Zoo, said in a news release. “This new, creative way to see the zoo will be a gradual step towards our plan to reopen to foot traffic when we are given the ‘green light’ and the time is right.”
The zoo closed to the public on March 14, leaving many of its employees out of work. Proceeds of the new drive-thru experience will help the zoo continue to care for their animals, according to the news release. It has also allowed the zoo to hire back some furloughed employees, according to CNN.
“We are now in the process of contacting some of our furloughed team members to return even before our zoo truly ‘reopens’ in the traditional sense, and that makes us very happy,” says Tim Morrow.
The experience was originally scheduled for just this weekend, but tickets sold out in two hours. Now, the zoo has extended the tours daily through May 17.