March 1, 2021 – Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis Zoo is thrilled to announced it has partnered with KultureCity to make the entire Zoo more sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all sensory sensitive guests who visit.
Late last year, Memphis Zoo employees were trained by leading medical professionals on ways to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Starting this week, sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker) and weighted lap pads will be available in our reception area to all Zoo guests who may feel overwhelmed. We have also marked zones where headphones might be necessary. “We are thrilled to be able to offer these sensory bags to our guests. We hope this will allow more people to enjoy the zoo at their leisure and learn about our mission to create adventures and save wildlife,” said Jim Dean, President and CEO of Memphis Zoo.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like the Memphis Zoo. With its new certification, the Zoo is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Prior to visiting the Memphis Zoo, families can also download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. “Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Memphis Zoo is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.” Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity.
About Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top zoos in the country by TripAdvisor® and by USA Today, Memphis Zoo has completed over $118 million in renovations and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibit, such as Once Upon A Farm, The Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le, and the Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of Memphis Zoo.