San Diego Zoo Kids. Sharing Animals with Children When They Need It Most

Spread the Smiles

We bring smiles and the healing power of animals to millions of hospitalized children around the world through a very special television channel.

Watch the power of this joy firsthand in one young patient’s story.

Our Animal Stories

Watch examples of San Diego Zoo Kids' fun, heartwarming, and educational animal programming!

San Diego Zoo Kids

Over 100 years ago, the San Diego Zoo was founded to benefit the children of San Diego. Since then, millions of children have had the extraordinary opportunity to connect with and make new animal friends at the Zoo. Now San Diego Zoo Global has broadened its reach and provides a kid-friendly, commercial-free television channel just for children's hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide. San Diego Zoo Kids!

Bringing the Zoo To Them

When children can't come to the Zoo, San Diego Zoo Kids brings the Zoo to them! From leaping lemurs to precious pandas, this unique programming is spreading laughter, joy, and fun to children who need it most—24 hours a day!

Our Animal Connection

By watching San Diego Zoo Kids, patients can virtually experience the world of animals, zoos, and aquariums. It's an engaging activity that takes their mind off their condition for a while, allowing them to relax, sleep better—and heal. And that's what everyone wants—for kids to heal, be happy, and return home!

Inspire Healing

You can offer hope and inspire healing for countless families by bringing
San Diego Zoo Kids channel to your children's hospital or Ronald McDonald House.

See Who's Already Sharing the Joy of San Diego Zoo Kids

San Diego Zoo Kids airs in 122 children's hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 states and D.C., and 6 countries, with many more joining in the next few months!

Map shows locations of Kids Network in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Already making a difference

Here's what children and parents are saying about San Diego Zoo Kids.

  • My daughter is undergoing a bone marrow transplant for leukemia at the Children's Hospital of Penn (CHOP). She LIVES for the monkey and panda cam...You have no idea how much we watch it and how much joy it brings her!

    - CHOP Patient's Parent

  • This is the third time our son's cancer has come back. This has been a difficult challenge for our family and we have struggled with not losing hope. My son is optimistic and happy and stays positive through it all, but this last visit has really dampened his spirits. He remains strong, but I can tell he is getting tired with his fight. It's been hard to find things he likes to do to motivate him to continue his fight and continue his journey. At times the only thing that brings joy or interest to him is the Zoo Channel. As a mother seeing her child go through these struggles and challenges and ups and downs and heartbreak, to see there is still something that he likes in his hardest moments is just the best. Thank you for having this. I only wish I could take this home with us!

    - Ronald McDonald House of the Intermountain Region

  • Our daughter (4 years old) just lost her eyesight. We are hoping with surgery she will get her eye sight back, but it will be a few months before we see anything. Our daughter has had quite the adjustment, and we have been worried about her mood. She hasn't been talking much. We turned on the Zoo Channel while making dinner one night because we saw the advertisement on our dresser. Our daughter loves to listen to radio and tv. The segment came on about the elephants, and all the sudden my husband and I heard a squeal. We went to look in on her and we see a big smile on her face and heard her giggling and squealing again. She was making the sound of the elephants, one of her favorite animals. My husband and I broke out in tears, it was one of the most precious memories we have now and are always squealing like elephants. I am sure our neighbors and other families in the house are tired of hearing the squealing, but that is the sound of our life changing in a very positive way. I cannot begin to express our thanks for what this has meant to our family. It has changed our lives and our daughter. We hope one day she will be able to see the Zoo Channel, but for now hearing it has brought new life.

    - Ronald McDonald House Salt Lake City

Clinicians and Parents Agree

San Diego Zoo Kids brings happiness to hospitalized children:

Parents

91% Agree

Clinicians

91% Agree

San Diego Zoo Kids distracts children from their reason for being in the hospital:

Parents

84% Agree

Clinicians

91% Agree

Yes, I Want to
Provide San Diego Zoo Kids
to Children in My Facility!

Donate Today

SDZ Kids is Currently Airing In:

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego CHOC CHildren's Orange County Ronald McDonald House Children's Hospital Los Angeles. We treat kids better. Children's Hospital Colorado Sanford Children's Ronald McDonald House Charities South Dakota Children's Hospital & Medical Center Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Dedicated to All Better Mount Sanai Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc. Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital. The Child First and Always. Arkansas Children's Hospital Ronald McDonald House Charities Arkansas Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Ronald McDonald House Charities Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Miami Children's Health System Ronald McDonald House Charities Tampa Bay St. Joseph's Children's Hospital BayCare Health System Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Idaho Children's of Alabama. Healthcare as amazing as their potential. Long Beach Ronald McDonald House Ronald McDonbald House Charities Northern Alberta Children's Rehabilitation Institute Teleton USA Cottage Children's Medical Center Ronald McDonald House Charities Northwest Florida Boston Children's Hospital. Until every child is well. East Tennessee Children's Hospital Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern California Ronald McDonald House Charities New Mexico Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Because the best care matters. Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth