Zoo Brings Animal Kingdom to Patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado

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San Diego Zoo Global logoToday, March 5, 2014, a unique collaboration designed to entertain and educate patients and their families about wildlife was announced at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Funded through a generous gift by businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, Children’s Hospital Colorado and San Diego Zoo Global announced the arrival of San Diego Zoo Kids in Denver. San Diego Zoo Kids is a television broadcast channel that features programming about unique and endangered animal species and is available on TV monitors in every patient room in Children’s Hospital.

“This programming is a special and unique way for our patients and their families to take a break with a virtual zoo adventure,” said Jena Hausmann, Children’s Hospital Colorado president and chief operating officer. “We want to thank T. Denny Sanford, who has been a long-time friend of Children’s Colorado. He has a deep and sincere commitment to improving the lives of children everywhere. This programming is just the latest example of what happens when Denny puts great ideas and great institutions together.”

The channel features video from the Zoo’s famous Panda Cam as well as other live, online cameras, fun and educational pieces about a variety of animals and up-close video encounters of popular animals with the Zoo’s national spokesperson, Rick Schwartz.

“We have always believed in the importance of putting people in touch with animals as a way to conserve species,” said Doug Myers, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. “What we have heard from medical care professionals is that animal interaction and animal stories can also help promote well-being. San Diego Zoo Global has a wealth of animal stories and, through the generosity of Denny Sanford, we are able to bring these stories to the families at Children’s Hospital Colorado.”

San Diego Zoo Kids debuted at the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego on December 18, 2013.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitehead, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Media Pager, 303-890-8314; San Diego Zoo Global Public Relations, 619-685-3291