Taipei, Shoushan Zoos to Jointly Hold Dreamnight Event for Rare Disease Patients
With the advent of the Christmas month, Taipei Zoo will join hands with Shoushan Zoo in Kaohsiung in holding the “Dreamnight at the Zoo” event on December 3. The public are invited to visit the facilities and soak up the atmosphere!
Dedicated to children with chronic diseases or disabilities, the nighttime outdoor event originated in 1996 at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands and has been held by zoos across the globe to raise awareness on rare diseases while contributing to wildlife conservation.
This year, Dreamnight collaborated with Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders to invite patients with Marfan Syndrome on a trip to Taipei Zoo and Shoushan Zoo. The genetic disorder causes people to appear tall and thin, develop high myopia, and even lead to retinal detachment that could result in blindness. Through the activity, the organizers hope to fulfill the wish of people suffering from the disease to visit zoos like ordinary people.
Not only does the event seek to bring public attention to rare diseases, but the collaboration between Taipei Zoo and Shoushan Zoo also signaled strengthening of relationship and the common goal to promote animal conservation between the two facilities.
2017 Taipei Zoo Dreamnight Christmas Tree Lighting Event