A two-toed sloth may be the last thing a child expects to see while they are away from home, receiving treatment for a serious medical condition. The Palm Beach Zoo is providing a perfect diversion for ill children who are staying at the Quantum House, where “hope has a home,” on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at 901 45th Street in West Palm Beach, FL. Members of the media are invited to the event to capture the joy on the children’s faces as they interact with the animals.
“The Palm Beach Zoo is looking forward to bringing the Zoo to the families of Quantum House,” said Kristen Cytacki, Director of Education for the Zoo. “Our education specialist will introduce the children to a variety of animals, and provide memorable, up-close and hands-on opportunities.”
“Since not everyone can visit the Zoo, our ‘Zoo Mobile’ outreach program is an important way we educate people about wildlife and wild places,” Cytacki continued. “This is one way we can teach them how they can make wise conservation choices to protect wildlife and their habitats.”
Many children are amazingly resilient, and just as the Zoo aims to help cheer them up, they can inspire us with their strength to face their challenges. Parents often report that when their child sees a visiting animal, it was the first time they smiled since they had begun undergoing medical treatment.
Having animals visit can help normalize a setting for children who are away from home, perhaps under unusual, and therefore uncomfortable, circumstances. By bringing Zoo Mobile animals to visit, the Zoo hopes to give these kids and their families a little reminder of home, and at the same time create a unique connection to the Zoo collection.
About Quantum House: Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. The 10-bedroom hospitality house is the only facility of its kind between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. It provides food, shelter and support to 500 family members every year.