FORT WORTH, Sept. 8, 2023 – The Fort Worth Zoo, in partnership with the Sign Language Interpreting Program at Tarrant County College (TCC), has announced it will host Deaf Day on Saturday, Sept. 16, as an opportunity for members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community to enjoy a day at the Zoo.
“We look forward to hosting this first-ever event so that all individuals can have a fun-filled and memorable experience at the Fort Worth Zoo,” said Kathy Dorris, the Zoo’s director of education.
During this event, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters provided by TCC will be stationed throughout the Zoo at areas such as zookeeper chats, giraffe feeding and select restaurant and merchandise locations to allow communication access to all our guests.
“We are so excited about Deaf Day at the Fort Worth Zoo,” said Maureen Denner, TCC interpreting program practicum coordinator and instructor. “This partnership will allow the Deaf community access to the wonderful talks and information regularly provided by the Zoo.”
Visit https://www.fortworthzoo.org/deaf-day for more details on the day, including the keeper chat schedule and accessibility information.
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been voted a top zoo in North America by USA Today, one of the “World’s Greatest” by BloombergTV, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 family attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a Top 10 Zoo or Aquarium by FamilyFun magazine. Home to nearly 7,000 animals, the Zoo is beginning its final installment of a four-phase master plan. The first phase, African Savanna, opened in 2018; the second phase, Elephant Springs, opened in 2021; the third, Predators of Asia & Africa, opened in June 2023. The fourth and final phase, Forests & Jungles of the World, is next. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year and the animals that live there.