Help the Kids who Need it most!
At Safari West few things are as near and dear to our hearts as providing up close and personal experiences to children, introducing them to the wonders of the natural world and inspiring future generations to embrace the role of wildlife stewards for life.
Leading the Safari West Wildlife Foundation efforts is Safari West Live, a fully interactive, live-streamed experience that brings the wild creatures and educational programming of the Safari West Preserve to children’s hospitals and young people in underserved schools across the country.
To date, we have reached and live-streamed to more than 70 hospitals, making our content available to 49,490 beds across 31 states.
Safari West Live in the Hospital
Safari West Live delivers a play-based, therapeutic solution that directly addresses the mental health challenges hospitalized children face.
Hospitalized children are particularly susceptible to stress, distress, anxiety and depression as well as to post-op ongoing MH issues. Hospital Child Life Service (CLS) professionals acutely understand the impact of hospitalization and disease on children. According to the Association of Child Life Professionals, play is among the most effective tools to help children cope with stress from hospital encounters, and play contributes to minimizing associated negative MH outcomes. Further, play provides normalization and empowers children (and families) coping with hospitalization. Clinical research and practice have demonstrated that CLS professionals using play.