June 8, 2010 | Tag(s): member event, members, Swamp, tips, Zoo, ZOObilation
By: L'jeanne, Advertising Manager
Zoobilation Giraffe Feeding

WHA-HOO ZOObilation! For some reason I feel like I have to shout that when I refer to ZOObilation. It sounds so fun and exciting, right?!

Well I’m going to tell you it is just that, a thrilling and amazing event to say THANK YOU to our members
   The first year I started working here at Audubon, I volunteered to help with ZOObilation . Back then, as a newbie volunteer, I did not know what to expect. And let me tell you, it well surpassed everything I had imagined. ZOObilation is, hands down, one of the best parties for Audubon members. There is no end to all the perks you enjoy at this event. When the families walk in, their eyes light up and the kids are engrossed in the important decision of what to do first. It’s easy for attendees to get overwhelmed by all there is to do. But I have some helpful tips for how to make the most of your ZOObilation experience. 
   First stop, snacks. All food and beverages are 20% off! Load up on cool drinks and treats initially because once you begin your activities you won’t want to stop. Next, head over to the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit for the five o’clock Otter feeding. This is truly right up there with one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. The Otters love fish, and smallest ones are the most active when eating. While you’re in the Swamp, check out Roland Cheramie and Friends performing live Cajun music at the Cypress Knee Café. Ayee!  
   I recommend that you wear your best walking shoes, because you’ll need them to stay on the move and in your groove. And they’ll take you quickly to your next stop, the African Savanna! There’s a five thirty Giraffe feeding and chat that you’ll have to see. From there trek over to the Sea Lion open house. It’s open until six thirty. Reserve some energy for dancing because right after you’ve gone through the Sea Lion open house you’ll be ready to enjoy one of the best dance party bands around - Groovy 7! Check the band out at the Capital One Stage. And this is when things get really interesting. There’s a great deal to do in the Capital One Field so you’ve got to remain focused so that the music doesn’t carry you away. You’re going to want to get in all the activities here also. Throughout the field you can visit the Lowe’s Make-and-Take craft tent, hop in an inflatable, Adopt an Animal and even check out Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure for only $2! Once you’ve finished touring the field it’s time to be amazed in the Reptile Encounter open house. It sounds tantalizingly exciting because it is! 
   By now your feet might be ready for a break. Head over to the Swamp train depot. The rides are free all evening. But don’t get too comfortable, once you’ve departed the train the kids will likely want to enjoy the Simulator Rides, which are also free! Then they may want to hop on the Carousel, which is only $1. I recommend ending your evening at the Audubon Aviary. The Bird Chat and activity feeds take place from 5:00p to 7:30pm. These birds are some of the most colorful and wonderful to see. Visiting this exhibit will be a great finale to your evening. 
   If you have time to squeeze in more activities, here are a couple options you can check out, the Gorilla and Orangutan Chat at 5:30pm and 6:30pm in the World of Primates or visit the Elephant Barn and Commissary between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Now, if you’re like me, and love to shop, on your way out take a stroll through the Audubon Marketplace because you’ll get a 20% discount on your purchase during WHA-HOO TOOT TOOT ZOObilation! 

Event Info: ZOObilation ~ Wednesday June 9th 4:30p – 7:30p ~ Audubon Member event