Here in the early 21st century, many parks and zoos offer motorized scooters for people who can’t or would rather not walk around.
But it’s far from a new concept, as you can see in this photo from 1918.
The December 1918 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine included this description of the “electric roller chair” newly available at the Bronx Zoo:
Pleasure can now be mixed with knowledge at the New York Zoo by those who go there to study the animals. No more will it be necessary to walk miles upon miles to study all the exhibits on display in the greatest menagerie in America. Just get your electric roller chair — make believe you are on the board-walk at Atlantic City — and see all that is worth seeing in Bronx Park.
A twist of the hand lever and away you spin on your trip to see the lions, polar bears, giraffes, and monkeys.
A storage battery concealed within the car body furnishes the electric current to actuate the motor which propels the vehicle.
Electric headlights are provided for night travel as well as an electric siren to warn pedestrian traffic.