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San Diego Zoo comes to U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

An armadillo, giant rabbit and hedgehog are among expected visitors to help Mott celebrate launch of new broadcast channel, San Diego Zoo Kids.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  Patients at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are expected to have some special visitors on Thursday, including an Eastern Tiger Salamander, giant rabbit and Lesser Hedgehog.

The Zoomobile from Binder Park Zoo will help celebrate the launch of a new broadcast channel that will bring a little piece of the zoo to Little Victors.

The closed-circuit television channel, San Diego Zoo Kids, offers Mott families educational and entertaining programs produced exclusively for pediatric patients. Programs include up-close video encounters with animals, stories about caring for animals, quizzes about animals and habitats, and a wide variety of short video vignettes hosted by San Diego Zoo Global ambassador Rick Schwartz and San Diego Zoo Kids host Olivia Degn.

Patients can access the new channel on the GetWellNetwork throughout the hospital

“We are dedicated to constantly seeking new ways to provide our young patients a diversion from routine and sometimes scary hospital life,” says Paul King, executive director of Mott and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “A virtual trip to the zoo through San Diego Zoo Kids offers Mott families a way to spend time together and enjoy something fun and educational during hospital stays. We are pleased to partner with the San Diego Zoo to bring this channel to our patients and families.”  
 
The creation and development of the channel has been funded by American businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. Since its debut in 2013, San Diego Zoo Kids has been installed in more than 180 facilities in 36 states and 8 countries.

This event is from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 15. Media interested in attending may contact Beata Mostafavi at 734-764-2220 or bmostafa@umich.edu.

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