Zoo Animals Put Smiles on Ill Children’s Faces

Palm Beach Zoo educators along with five furry, feathered and scaly friends helped to brighten the day for children staying at Quantum House during a recent visit on Wednesday, May 29.

Getting treatment at the hospital for a serious medical condition is not the way any child wants to spend their time.  It’s mentally and physically difficult – they are away from their home, their friends and for some, even their pets.

By bringing animals like Wilbur the Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, Greenbean the giant gecko, Hino the great-horned owl, Kobe the hinge-back tortoise, Chiquita the sulfur crested cockatoo, and Thomas the African pygmy hedgehog, the Palm Beach Zoo was able to provide the children and their families a little reminder of home and at the same time create a unique connection to the Zoo’s 1,400+ animals.

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.

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