Britain’s Got Talent viral sensation brings animal impressions talent to Chessington World of Adventures

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*** FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE *** Britain’s Got Talent 2024 star Geneviève Côté teaches children and parents animal noises at Chessington World of Adventures Resort to help with learning and language development.*** FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE *** Britain’s Got Talent 2024 star Geneviève Côté teaches children and parents animal noises at Chessington World of Adventures Resort to help with learning and language development.

Britain’s Got Talent 2024 star, Geneviève Côté joins forces with leading family attraction, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, to teach children and their parents how to develop and perfect their animal impressions in a brand new interactive wildlife themed show: Wild Noises & Animal Voices.

The professional ‘noise maker’ from Canada demonstrated to visitors young and old how to make several different animal sounds, a key building block in child speech and cognitive development. Geneviève barked like a sea lion, squawked like a penguin and hooted like an owl during her performances at the London resort. She impersonated four different animal noises and was joined on stage by zookeepers who provide fascinating facts and insights about all the animals.

Animals communicate using various signals, including visual (auditory, or sound-based), chemical (involving pheromones) and tactile (touch-based) cues. Communication signals help animals to do things such as find mates, defend their territory and care for their young.

And just like our animal counterparts, humans rely on communication signals and this is especially important for children. That’s why children love making animal noises, and why kids’ books are filled with roars, hisses, moos and quacks.

Imitating animal sounds plays an important role in early speech and language development and can help to enhance children’s cognitive skills[1]. Parents can support their children by using animal sounds, whether in play or reading a book. And when children hear those animal noises in real life, in nature or at a zoo, it can help them develop a deeper understanding of the world.

Britain’s Got Talent 2024 star, Geneviève Côté commented, “Animal noises have always been such a big part of my life. They have not only been a part of my performance, but they have brought me and people around me joy. I loved learning from the animals at Chessington World of Adventures, broadening my skills and helping parents and kids learn to make animal noises too.”

Ramesh Ganeson, Divisional Director of Chessington World of Adventures said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Geneviève to Chessington World of Adventures for this one-of-a-kind special performance. We’re always looking for new and creative ways to teach guests about our 1,000 animals and education is a key part of everything we do here at the zoo. Geneviève’s amazing animal impressions are the perfect way to combine fun and education to inspire the next generation of animal-lovers.”

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