HAVE A DAY OF EDUCATION AND FUN AT ONE OF THE MANY ATTRACTIONS OPERATED BY THE AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE IN NEW ORLEANS
The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans is the perfect destination for nature lovers or guests interested in learning more about the animal kingdom. The non-profit organization’s mission is to “celebrate the wonders of nature.”
History and Mission
The Audubon Nature Institute is named after John James Audubon, a famous naturalist and painter. The institute’s primary goal is to inspire people to protect and conserve the natural world by providing educational programs, exhibits, and activities for visitors of all ages.
The Audubon Nature Institute has four main facilities: the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Audubon Park. Each of these facilities provides visitors with different insights into nature.
The Audubon Zoo
The Audubon Zoo is home to animals from all over the world, including elephants, gorillas, lions, and tigers. The zoo also has various endangered species, including the Whooping Crane, the Amur Leopard, and the Sumatran Orangutan.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas allows visitors to explore exhibits showcasing the diversity of marine life, including sharks, sea turtles, and penguins. Main attractions include the Gulf of Mexico Exhibit and the Caribean Reef Tunnel.
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is the largest free-standing insectarium in North America. Visitors can explore exhibits that showcase the fascinating world of insects and butterflies. The insectarium also features a bug buffet, where visitors can sample insect-made foods.
Audubon Park is a beautiful green space that spans over 350 acres. Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities, including jogging, biking, and golfing. The park is also home to a lagoon, a bird sanctuary, and the Audubon Tea Room.
Education and Conservation
The Audubon Nature Institute also conducts research and conservation programs to protect and preserve endangered species and their habitats. The Audubon Nature Institute is particularly committed to protecting Louisiana’s wetlands, a crucial habitat for various plant and animal species.
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