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Children’s Minnesota Welcomes San Diego Zoo Kids channel

Children's welcomes San Diego Zoo Kids channel
From left to right: Bob Bonar, Children’s Minnesota CEO; T Denny Sanford, philanthropist; and John Frawley, director of Minnesota Zoo pet a chinchilla.

Lions and tigers and… chinchillas? Oh my!

On Wednesday, August 9, Children’s Minnesota celebrated the launch of the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel at both hospital campuses and Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest. Animals, including a chinchilla and fennec fox from the Minnesota Zoo, joined patients and families outside of the St. Paul Child Life Zone to celebrate the new channel.

A commercial-free, 24/7 TV program, the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel features animals and wildlife experts from around the world, learning about unique species and exploring the world. The programming offers family friendly, animal-oriented stories that are both entertaining and educational. Patients and families can tune in and be transported into the natural world, where they can laugh and explore with the animals right in front of them.

Children's Minnesota Choir at the San Diego Zoo Kids channel event
The Children’s Choir and Music Therapy program perform “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant.

In addition to our dedication to providing the highest quality care for our patients, Children’s is also dedicated to creating a nurturing environment – one that helps our patients forget, even just for a few brief moments, about their injuries or illnesses. The Ronald McDonald House Chairities of Minnesota provide comfort and support to patients’ families traveling far from home. The Minnesota Zoo and San Diego Zoo are committed to caring for and saving endangered species by uniting their expertise in animal care and conservation science. The common thread of saving, healing, caring and nurturing is clear within all organizations makes this partnership a win for all.

Speakers at the event included Bob Bonar, chief executive officer at Children’s Minnesota; Roxanne Fernandes, chief nursing officer at Children’s Minnesota; Doug Meyers, San Diego Zoo global chief officer; Miya McCullough, San Diego Zoo Kids host; T. Denny Sanford, philanthropist; John Frawley, director of the Minnesota Zoo; and an animal presentation by naturalist Chris Ness of the Minnesota Zoo. Additionally, the Children’s Choir and music therapy program performed two songs, including the all-new San Diego Zoo Kids theme song, “Wild Wild World.”

Children’s Minnesota would like to extend our gratitude to T. Denny Sanford for his generosity and kindness which made this program a reality.

Patients and families, be sure to tune into channel 65 between Star Studio programs and see if you catch a glimpse of your favorite animal on the screen!

Members from the San Diego Zoo, Minnesota Zoo and Children's Minnesota at the San Diego Zoo Kids channel launch
Back row, left to right: Doug Meyers, San Diego Zoo CEO; T. Denny Sanford, philanthropist; Roxanne Fernandes, CNO at Children’s Minnesota; Bob Bonar, CEO at Children’s Minnesota; and John Frawley, director at Minnesota Zoo.
Front row: Miya McCullough, San Diego Zoo Kids host
Rachel Patterson