Toronto Zoo hopes to recoup financial losses with Scenic Safari drive-thru

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Starting Saturday, May 23rd, the Toronto Zoo is opening its new "Scenic Safari" drive-thru.  

You'll be able to take a 45 minute, 3.4 km tour, from the comfort of your car to see the animals.

The zoo has faced financial challenges, after being shut down due to COVID-19 and hopes to recoup some of its losses with this new drive-thru experience.  

In any given year, more than 1.2 million people normally visit the Toronto Zoo.  

One of the biggest challenges are the costs to feed the animals. 

The food budget alone is more than $1 million dollars a year.  

Some promising news, as of last week, the "Zoo Food for Life" donation campaign has raised more than $600 thousand dollars.  

Meanwhile, good luck finding a ticket for the "Scenic Safari" drive-thru experience. 

It's been so popular, that the website actually crashed today due to high demand.  It's now back up and running. 

Tickets must be purchased online, but it's a long wait. 

As of 10pm Friday night, 3,700 tickets were still up for sale, but more than 4,000 people were waiting in the queue.  

Keep in mind, if you do score tickets, you are not allowed to leave your car during the "Scenic Safari" drive-thru and washroom access is only available prior to the tour.

A note on prices according to the Toronto Zoo's website: A car with 2 or fewer occupants will cost $44 for non-members, $32 for members.  A car with 3 or more occupants will cost $59 for non-members and $47 for members.