SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Zoo Kids channel is available Friday on the television lineup at the Ronald McDonald House, which will bring education and entertainment to the families of hospitalized children.
The charity's San Diego location near Rady Children's Hospital is the first Ronald McDonald House to show the channel on its in-room televisions, officials with the two agencies said.
The San Diego Zoo Kids channel -- which features programming about unique and endangered animal species -- is funded by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford.
"Our San Diego Ronald McDonald House staff and volunteers work every day to provide care and comfort to families with a child in medical crisis," Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego President and CEO Chuck Day said. "Thanks to San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Zoo Kids channel is just one more comfort we can offer to our families. When they turn on channel 22 at the San Diego Ronald McDonald House, they will enjoy incredible animal stories and videos from their own room."
Panda Cam and other live videos will be included in the channel's programming, along with educational pieces about animals and video encounters of popular animals with the Zoo's national spokesperson, Rick Schwartz.
"We have always believed in the importance of putting people in touch with animals as a way to conserve species," San Diego Zoo Global President and CEO Doug Myers said. "San Diego Zoo Global has a wealth of animal stories and, through the generosity of Denny Sanford, we are able to make these stories available to the families and guests of the San Diego Ronald McDonald House."