Members of Kyiv’s blind community have been given the opportunity to interact with zoo animals as part of the “Animals to Touch” initiative. The project provided the visually impaired allowed a handful of participants to touch, feel and imagine what the creatures looked like in real life.
“It’s interesting and I’m really glad...It’s pleasant to hold them”, one participant said.
“Preparing animals for contact with people in zoos around the world is a long process”, says Sergiy Kharkov, Deputy Head of Kyiv Zoo. He says the animals involved in the project are young and not afraid to be held.
Mr. Kharkov adds the zoo is in the process of preparing other animals and reptiles for future interaction with disabled people: “They are the same people of our country as we are.”