Pittsburgh Zoo Only Pennsylvania Zoo to be Sensory Certified
 
January 10, 2019

Pittsburgh Zoo is Sensory Certified

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The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is Pennsylvania's first zoo to be certified sensory inclusive.

(Pittsburgh) (2018)—The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to be Pennsylvania’s first Zoo to be certified as sensory inclusive.

In partnership with KultureCity, an organization that works with cultural and family attractions to develop areas and events that are appropriate for those with sensory sensitivities, the Zoo is now equipped with sensory bags. The sensory bags include noise cancelling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards. The bags are available for use by all guests and can be picked up at the Zoo’s admission gates at no charge.

In addition, the certification process also included hands-on training to enable Zoo staff to recognize guests with sensory needs and respond appropriately.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s new sensory inclusive certification ensures that Zoo staff is better prepared to assist guests with sensory needs, and enables the Zoo to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests.
 
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 77-acre naturalistic habitat that is home to more than 9,000 animals representing hundreds of diverse species. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is American Humane Conservation-certified and a member of American Humane and the Zoological Association of America.

 KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs across the nation.