By Kara C. Rodriguez

A case of cabin fever could be solved this weekend with the county’s first drive-through zoo.

The Leesburg Animal Park announced this week that it will hold its Drive Thru Zoo on weekends, beginning this Saturday, May 9. Guests will have the opportunity to scope out the zoo’s animals from the comfort of their cars, including some new additions.

“We believe the Drive Thru Zoo is a wonderful first step in transitioning back to our fully open park, one that will keep our customers safe while still being able to visit with our animals,” Leesburg Animal Park owner Shirley Johnson stated in a press release. “We have so many babies to share with you, including Rebel, our wallaby baby; Bako, our gibbon; baby bunnies; emu chicks; and even a zebra foal.”

At press time, the animal park is only allowing tickets to be purchased online, at All visitors age 2 and older must have a ticket. Tickets are $11 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens; and $13 for adults. Each ticket includes a complimentary pass to return to the zoo when it is fully open. Current season ticket holders may use their season pass for admission. 

Visitors must remain in their vehicles while experiencing the zoo, and feeding of the animals is prohibited. Hours for the Drive Thru Zoo are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with the last admission at 4 p.m.