Do you love spending a day at the zoo? Like escaping the summer heat at the aquarium? Or, do you have an obsession with animals of the creepy crawly variety?
If any of these apply to you, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Audubon Nature Institute during your next visit to The Big Easy.
During our brief stay in New Orleans, it became obvious, this odd city nestled along the terminus of the mighty Mississippi is an amalgamation of cultural hot spots.
You might not think the zoo would be all that special in the scheme of things but it’s actually one of the city’s oldest and most celebrated points of interest.
Spread over 58 acres along the banks for the Mississippi, the century old zoo has undergone a tremendous transformation since its foundation at the dawn of the 20th century.
The city came together in the early ‘70s to rebuilt the aging facility. Today, the zoo is growing yet again, with new attractions popping up every year.
The Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium may not have the same heritage, but they are born from the same wonder first inspired by the zoo more than a century ago.
At about $40 a ticket, the Audubon Experience may not sound cheap, but if you think of it as more of an all access pass to the zoo, aquarium and insectarium it’s really not a bad deal.
Not convinced? Check out our 10 favorite shots from our Audubon Experience.
This peculiar Macaw was perfectly at home in one of the zoo’s newest jungle exhibits. He watched us suspiciously as he used his beak to clean himself.
An alligator slinks below a thick layer of duck weed in the Bayou exhibit at the Audubon Zoo Monday.
An Amur Leopard relaxes along the rocky walls of its exhibit.
I’ve always found jelly fish to be both fascinating and terrifying. Something about their indiscriminate tendrils each filled with an unfathomable number of biological weapons waiting to spring forth and inject their poison. And yet, they are beautiful specimens of a time long past, before complex life walked the earth.
He might not look like much now, but this spiny puffer fish just needs a little excitement to show his true colors. For now, he grins from his tank in the Audubon Aquarium.
A group of jawfish hangout along the bottom of their enclosure.
The lion fish may look beautiful in its tank at the Audubon Zoo, but these poisonous creatures have become a menace in the Atlantic, where their populations have ballooned due to the lack of predators.
Army ants work in teams, communicating by scent to shear leaves from plants around them. The Audubon Insectarium featured an amazing glimpse into the life of these quiet creatures.
Perhaps the Audubon Insectarium’s biggest attraction, it’s butterfly garden, was closed for renovations during our visit to The Big Easy. We only caught a glimpse of these beautiful creatures arranged in glass cases outside the gardens.
The tarantula gets a bad wrap on account of its fearsome size, big fangs, and hairy legs. In reality, these silent hunters pose little threat to humans. Their bite, while extremely painful rarely requires a trip to the emergency room.
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