BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is proud to have partnered with Kulture City to make the Zoo and all of the programs and events that the facility hosts sensory inclusive. This initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory need who visits the Zoo. This makes BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo the first Sensory Certified facility in Baton Rouge.
The certification process entailed the staff at the Zoo being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker) and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the Zoo who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These guests will also be able to have use of several quiet spaces for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like the Zoo. With its new certification, the Zoo is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event at the Zoo.
Prior to attending an event, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while enjoying an event at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.