In past articles, I've stated my argument that technologies like TV and the Internet are no substitute for actually encountering and learning from animals in person. However, it also stands to reason that a trip to the local zoo or aquarium is not possible for everyone, for a variety of reasons. Some folks don't live near a zoo or aquarium. Others can't visit for medical reasons.
It was with that in mind that I applaud the addition of Zoo TV to the Ronald McDonald House. Kids who are in this house already have a world of problems that they are facing, and deserve every chance for diversion and fun that they can get. Going to the zoo and enjoying the animals with family is a normal part of almost every American kid's experience growing up. Hopefully, this will help recapture some of that norm.