While language is not a barrier when it comes to listening to the roar of a lion, seeing a lion is a much different experience for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Instead of the roar, they focus on the vibrations that can be felt in one’s chest when the lion roars. The goal of Deaf Awareness Day is to make the zoo accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community, merging the gap between those who feel the roar and those who hear it.
The Sacramento Zoo works to be an inclusive and equal-access amenity for all. This Saturday the zoo is partnering with NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing to host the 12th annual Deaf Awareness Day. This special event for the deaf and hard of hearing community will include ASL interpreters at docent stations, keeper chats, and stage shows as well as face painting, and zoo tours. The event also gives the general public a view into the world of the unique communication needs, abilities and accomplishments of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults.
Come join us this Saturday as we celebrate Deaf Awareness Day at the Sacramento Zoo.