Species Survival Center

Freeport-McMoRan Audubon

Species Survival Center


Since 1993, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) has worked to boost dwindling populations of disappearing animal species. In large, minimally-developed enclosures, species such as sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, several species of endangered storks, clouded leopards, Mexican grey wolves, red wolves, bongo antelope and eland have lived and bred in seclusion.

The Center is operated by Audubon Nature Institute. It sits on 1,200 acres of U.S. Coast Guard and City of New Orleans land along the Mississippi River.

FMASSC is home base for programs such as Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, where reproductive research produced dozens of world’s firsts in areas such as breeding of wild felids.

The newest program to launch at FMASSC is Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW), a partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global. Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife will devise strategies to ensure sustainable populations of zoo animals as a haven for more than two dozen mammal and bird species that are declining in population.


Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife is located on 400 acres of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center campus. Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife plans to enclose large natural-habitat holding areas for groups of herding animals and large-bodied birds with minimal disruption to the surrounding forest.  The goal is to preserve existing naturally wild areas. The FMASSC campus includes undeveloped acreage around Wilderness Park and a protected archaeological dig site.

Other programs at FMASSC include:

·         Audubon Aquatics Center - provides support to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for quarantine, breeding programs and animal rehabilitation in conjunction with the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program

·         Coastal Wildlife Center – Protecting, conserving and promoting the Gulf coast and its wildlife

·         Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) – working to assure our region’s seafood is sustainable and providing leadership in the field of responsible management