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Dermatologist’s Donation Helps Zoo add Sunblock Dispensers

Omaha World Herald Aug 26, 2016 By Chris Peters

Parents, you now have one less item to lug with you to the zoo.

The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has new dispensers offering sunblock for free at nine stations throughout the property.  They’re located at Alaskan Adventure, camel rides, Red Barn Park, both Skyfari stations, the playground and restrooms at the African Lodge, Silverback Café and sea lion exhibit.

A donation from Dr. Mary Finnegan of Braddock Finnegan Dermatology allowed the zoo to purchase the sunscreen and make it available to guests without costs for a three-year pilot program, a zoo spokeswoman said.

“We are observing a rise in the incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, and the age at first diagnosis is decreasing,” Finnegan said in a statement released by the zoo.

An estimated 23 percent of lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18, she said, adding that sunscreen should be reapplied every 80 to 90 minutes.

 

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