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Animals visit brave patients at Children’s Health

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The Dallas Zoo’s wonderful partnership with Children’s Health, one of the top pediatric health care providers in the nation, allows us to take patients’ minds off of the treatment they’re undergoing. Through the Simmons Animal Safari program, we’ve traveled to the hospital _MG_8354since 2014 for magical up-close animal encounters.

The Zoo recently paid a visit to Children’s Health with animal ambassadors who brought the smiles, including an opossum, a tamandua (also known as a lesser anteater), and an African crested porcupine with giant quills. Patients and their families sat eagerly, waving animal-themed masks as they waited to meet each new creature. As the Zoo’s Animal Adventures outreach team shared trivia and engaged with the kids, even hospital staff paused to see the show.

Engrossed in the moment, the kids animatedly shouted answers and shifted in their seats to see who they would meet next. The room came alive with excitement, spreading smiles from face to face as each animal ambassador said hello.

As penguin duo Sid and Jazz waddled into the spotlight, the room collectively gasped in delight, thrilled to meet two of our most beloved _MG_8383ambassadors. The kids enthusiastically asked questions as they learned about the Zoo’s African penguins. At the end of the presentation, patients and their families had the opportunity to take a photo with Sid or Jazz, capturing this moment forever.

As these brave families said their goodbyes to the animal ambassadors, we gifted them with one more surprise – each family was given tickets to the Zoo, including the patients who couldn’t make it down to meet us. We look forward to many future visits to Children’s Health, bringing enjoyment to these extraordinary kids and their families with each animal encounter.

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Bringing furry smiles to sick kids

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With the help of a penguin, African serval cat, an anteater and other creatures, patients at Children’s Health in Dallas are laughing, smiling and getting their minds off of the treatments they’re undergoing. The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Health have joined to bring live animal encounters and educational programming to the young patients and their loved ones. We’re also providing the hospital with Zoo tickets to share with families, because there’s nothing like a Dallas Zoo outing for a break!

Our first Simmons Animal Safari program kicked off last summer and we’ve loved every minute of bringing enjoyment to these remarkable families. We’ll return again Feb. 26 with more feathery, furry and scaly friends.

We think you’ll love these photos from our last two visits.

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