Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers limited-time “Cruise the Zoo”
May 22, 2020: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has announced it
is offering a limited-time drive-through fundraising event that
began Wednesday, May 20. Cruise the Zoo presented by
Dollar Bank will offer guests a chance to visit with the
animals of the Zoo including giraffe, elephants and bears from
the safety of their vehicle.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo closed to the public March 16, 2020 due
to COVID-19 precautions and has remained closed in
accordance with the state’s current
Stay Safe Ohio Order.
Through the end of April, the Zoo’s revenue is
down over $1.5 million from 2019. The temporary drive-through
event will help raise much-needed support for the Zoo and its
animal care efforts during the impacts of COVID-19.
“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
feature many of the Zoo’s fan favorite destinations including
Asian Highlands, African Elephant Crossing, Rosebrough Tiger
Passage and more. Guests can expect to see many of the Zoo’s
animals including tigers, grizzly bears, snow leopards, takin,
reindeer, lions and kangaroos. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
employees will help guide families along the specified route
that will also feature animal ambassador experiences.
A free audio guide will be
available at FutureForWildlife.org/Cruise for
families to listen to along the adventure featuring expert
information on animals, habitats and conservation. A Virtual
Photo Booth sponsored by Dollar Bank will also offer families a
chance to capture a lasting memory and show their support of the
Zoo during this time.
Families can also participate in
a scavenger hunt sponsored by Raising Cane’s and search for
hidden animal displays throughout the Cruise the Zoo experience.
Guests can share a picture on social media using the hashtag #CruiseTheZoo
to earn a chance for an achievement award that can be exchanged
for free food and drink at Raising Cane’s. The audio guide
offers tips on animal locations.
Cruise the Zoo
will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through
Sunday from May 20 until May 31. Entry is $20 per car 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 support Cleveland Metroparks
Zoo during this time, non-members can purchase a one-year
membership to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and receive discounted
admission for Cruise the Zoo. Memberships that begin during the
Zoo’s closure will be valid for one year from the date the Zoo
reopens or one year from a membership's current expiration date,
whichever is later.
To reserve your spot for the
limited-time Cruise the Zoo event, visit FutureForWildlife.org/Cruise.