Zoo, Gate Communications partner for annual 'Deaf Day at the Zoo'

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 4:57pm
Staff reports

Gate Communications, a not-for-profit organization providing services to the deaf community, is teaming up with Nashville Zoo for the seventh annual Deaf Day at the Zoo on Saturday.

Presentations and programs designed for those who are deaf as well as deaf and blind will be offered from Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sign language specialists will partner with zoo staff to deliver educational presentations and answer questions about flamingos, giraffes, meerkats, clouded leopards and other zoo animals.

In addition, the zoo’s animal shows will have interpreters on hand, and sign language will also be offered at Lorikeet Landing, Critter Encounters, the gift shop, the café and on some tours of the Grassmere Historic Home.

Gate interpreters will also offer CART (real time captioning) at the animal shows for deaf individuals who do not use sign language.