The Hattiesburg Zoo will have its second Sensory Day of the year on Wednesday, May 25th. Sensory day at the Hattiesburg Zoo is geared toward individuals who have sensory needs.
The Zoo’s every day environment is filled with plenty of sounds and movement that could possibly trigger an adverse reaction in someone with sensory sensitivities. On May 25th, the zoo will have all music turned off, quiet train rides, sensory stations, and calm animal encounters throughout the day. This event will take place during regular zoo hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
“We are hearing from more and more families who are requesting additional Sensory Days at the Hattiesburg Zoo,” said Jeremy Cumpton, Director of Conservation, Education and Wildlife. “In year’s past we have had two Sensory Days a year, but we will increase the number this year to meet the growing needs of the families who have children or loved ones with sensory sensitivities so that they are able to enjoy the Hattiesburg Zoo.” “And this Sensory Day will be quieter than ever with our new Electric Train,” said Cumpton.
The Hattiesburg Zoo staff has been trained by leading professionals to recognize guests with sensory needs, and how to handle any sensory overload situations that may occur. Sensory bags, which are designed to help sensory needs in both children and adults are always available at the Zoo office. The bags are equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads, which can help lessen sensory overload and help engage individuals.
Zoo staff is prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities, and all guests will be welcomed with comfort and accommodation. The Hattiesburg Zoo was the first attraction/destination in Mississippi to be certified by KultureCity as a sensory inclusive location.
Regular zoo admission rates apply, and there is no additional charge for Sensory Day. Annual passes will be honored this day.