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Miss going to the zoo? Now you can drive through it

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Posted at 4:00 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 11:09:00-04

CLEVELAND — Have you missed going to the zoo?

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced they will be having a limited-time drive-through experience.

Attendees will get the chance to visit with the animals from the zoo including giraffes, elephants and bears from the safety of their vehicle.

The zoo has been closed since March 16 due to COVID-19.

Through the end of April, the zoo is down over $1.5 million compared to 2019.

The temporary drive-through event will help raise money to support the Zoo and its animal care efforts.

“While the Zoo has been closed for over two months, our daily efforts to care for some of the world’s most endangered animals does not stop,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. “While we look forward to fully reopening the Zoo to the community as soon as it is safe to do so, the Cruise the Zoo event will offer families a way to visit with our animals and support the Zoo during this difficult time.”

The drive-through route will go through many of the zoo's destinations including Asian Highlands, African Elephant Crossing, Rosebrough Tiger Passage and more.

Guests can expect to see many of their animals including tigers, grizzly bears, snow leopards, takin, reindeer, lions and kangaroos.

Cruise the Zoo is happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from May 20 until May 31.

It costs $20 for Zoo members and $40 per car for non-members.

Advance reservations that can only be purchased online are required for entry.

Reservations will be scheduled in one-hour time slots to help limit the number of vehicles per hour and maintain safety with the final ticketed entry concluding at 3 p.m.

Guests will not be able to exit their vehicle during the experience.

To reserve your spot, click here.