Kenny Loggins, one of pop music’s greatest hit makers, treated young patients and their families at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego — along with viewers from around the globe — to a virtual adventure when he recently debuted “The Great Adventure,” a custom theme song recorded by Loggins for the San Diego Zoo Kids channel.
San Diego Zoo Kids is an innovative, closed-circuit television adventure channel with programs produced primarily for medical facilities that serve pediatric patients and their families. The channel, supported by generous donors, debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital in 2013 and offers family-friendly, animal-oriented stories that are both entertaining and educational.
“I’m thrilled to partner with San Diego Zoo Kids in their efforts to bring laughter and joy to children who need it most in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world,” says Loggins. “I hope my music puts a smile on their face in their time of healing and soothes their parents’ souls.”
Loggins is a deeply committed environmentalist with more than 25 million albums sold worldwide. He recorded “The Great Adventure” for San Diego Zoo Kids, with proceeds from the sale of the song being donated to the channel. In addition to the original theme song, Loggins also has donated three songs from his catalog — “I’m Alright,” “Danny’s Song,” and “Go Fish” — to be used for wildlife videos exclusive to the channel.
“San Diego Zoo Global is beyond grateful to Kenny Loggins for his extremely generous donation, and we are humbled and honored to welcome him to the San Diego Zoo Kids family,” says Paul A. Baribault, president/CEO, San Diego Zoo Global. “Kenny’s contribution of his songs to the San Diego Zoo Kids channel provides an innovative way to allow us to further connect children and their families with wildlife when they are unable to visit our facilities. This incredible gift of music from Kenny not only highlights his many talents as an iconic musician, but shows the world his passion for inspiring children to appreciate wildlife and their natural habitats.”
“All of us at Rady Children’s Hospital are proud of our longtime partnership with San Diego Zoo Global,” says Dr. Patrick Frias, president and CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital. “Being part of the San Diego Zoo Kids family provides our nurses, doctors, and child life specialists — and those at other medical facilities around the world — an important tool that allows them to bring happiness, health, and hope to children and their families. Adding Kenny Loggins to this family is a true honor. His uplifting and inspirational music will bring further comfort and positive diversion to our patients and families.”
In addition to wildlife stories, the San Diego Zoo Kids channel also offers quizzes about animals and habitats, and a wide variety of short video vignettes. Viewers can see videos from the San Diego Zoo’s and San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s many online cameras, as well as content from more than 45 zoo and aquarium partners from around the world. The stories told on the channel aim to inspire a lasting connection between people and wildlife, and help children learn how they can help protect the planet.
The San Diego Zoo Kids channel’s new theme song, “The Great Adventure,” will be available to the public on February 5, and can be purchased and downloaded at orcd.co/thegreatadventure.
Since its debut in 2013 at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, San Diego Zoo Kids channel has been installed in 355 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 48 states across the U.S. and the District of Columbia, and in facilities in 13 countries including Australia, Curacao, Canada, India, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Pakistan, Qatar, and the United Kingdom. kids.sandiegozoo.org