31 October 2012

A new mobile app has been launched which will enable Victorian Deaf and hearing impaired children to enjoy and learn about the animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The OpenMi Excursions App will display audio tours to students with captions as well as Australian sign language, or Auslan, videos.

The new app will mean that Deaf and hearing impaired children can experience all the wonders of the Zoo alongside their classmates.

Together Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Melbourne Zoo welcome more than 150,000 students each year to engage in learning which makes Zoos Victoria one of the biggest educators of children outside of the school system.

The technology has been installed at eight exhibits around the Zoo and provides students with extensive information on each of the animals.

It will also help students to learn on the Safari Tour bus trip which is included with admission to Werribee Open Range Zoo.

OpenMi can be used by any visitor to the zoo as well as students and their teachers.

Students and teachers on excursions can hire a kit at Werribee Open Range Zoo which has the OpenMi Excursion App on the device. Other visitors can download the app by pressing ‘View in iTunes’ from this page.