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From the President, Ron Forman

August/September, 2014

Work progresses on compelling new projects all across Audubon Nature Institute. Last month, I told you about new construction at Audubon Zoo. Now we’re going to take a trip along the Mississippi River to the foot of Canal Street, where great things are happening at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

We had tremendous response to the opening of Great Maya Reef exhibit, where guests are immersed in the history and culture of the Maya people. We just recently started offering the Maya Dive Experience, where guests can actually be in the water with fish and other Aquarium creatures. It’s something people have been asking for and there’s no better way to educate than to put people right in the middle of these exotic environments. This new premium experience at the Aquarium is proving extremely popular!

We’re in the very first stages of designing a whole new area for our penguins. Everyone loves penguins and it’s been a successful program for us. We want to make visiting penguins even more memorable for guests. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward in our planning.

Both Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Woldenberg Riverfront Park are receiving major upgrades including a new roof and wharf improvements. While visitors probably won’t notice that, it’s something we’re all very happy about at Audubon!

We know people will be pleased with what we’re creating. I hope you’ll visit us at one of our Audubon attractions soon.


L. Ronald Forman
President and CEO
Audubon Nature Institute

 

Summer, 2014

What a difference nine years make. Today Audubon Nature Institute is perfectly positioned to build for the future, and that’s exactly what we are doing. We have a number of projects underway to enhance our attractions and facilities, and to teach kids the importance of nature.

Audubon’s orangutans, arguably some of the most popular animals in Audubon Zoo, move to a beautiful new exhibit in spring of 2015. Most people know it as the “old elephant exhibit.”  It’s being totally renovated to accommodate our lively group of orangs.  So where are the elephants going? They moved to a spacious new barn while we complete a natural-habitat exhibit for them. They’ll have hills, pools, waterfalls and grass to roam on as their admirers in the public look on from a boardwalk. This project will also be complete in 2015.

Another project underway at the Zoo is Cool Zoo II. It’s no surprise that Audubon Zoo can be hot in the summertime. So we turned the hot Zoo into the “Cool Zoo” by adding a splash park full of fun features. It created a whole new season for us and our guests have been asking for more ways to get wet. So now we’re adding a second phase with Gator Run River Ride and other exciting features that will make Audubon Zoo wilder and wetter. This phase is set to open in summer of 2015. We’re very happy with the changes coming up and we know our guests will enjoy them, too.

Check back here often. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be updating you on the progress of projects Audubon Nature Institute is working on all across New Orleans.


L. Ronald Forman
President and CEO
Audubon Nature Institute

Summer, 2014

At our Audubon Nature Institute attractions, nature is the star of the show. We put our world’s amazing creatures in context with their environment for our guests, showing you how animals and people together create rich culture, and how much we would lose if animals and their habitat disappeared.

 

Summer is a fantastic time to explore this idea at our Audubon attractions. The Louisiana Swamp Exhibit at Audubon Zoo and the new Great Maya Reef at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are prime examples. A visit to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will introduce you to entire new worlds of wildlife, much of it right here in our backyard. Entergy IMAX Theatre takes you on adventures to habitats and cultures around the world. Or you can unleash your inner naturalist at our parks. Audubon Park and Riverview have infinite opportunities to explore natural South Louisiana flora and fauna, while Woldenberg Riverfront Park is a beautiful way to get to know the Mississippi River environment.

 

The long days of summer often seem like they will never end, yet before we know it, we’ll be immersed in back-to-school activities and looking forward to the holidays. I hope you’ll consider taking some relaxing time to enjoy nature at an Audubon attraction this summer. We’ll always be happy to see you.

 

Spring, 2014 | Welcome to Audubon Nature Institute! There is nothing like springtime in New Orleans, and we invite you to enjoy it at one of our Audubon attractions. Everything is in bloom at Audubon Zoo – truly a zoological garden in the most delightful sense of the word. At Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, our new Great Maya Reef is open. We’re excited to share this beautiful new exhibit with you. Enjoy a walk along the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Riverfront Park downtown or along Riverview behind the Zoo. Stroll down world-famous Canal Street and drop in at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. This is the best time of year to soak up the wonders of nature in America’s most interesting city. I hope to see you at an Audubon Nature Institute attraction soon.


L. Ronald Forman
President and CEO
Audubon Nature Institute

February, 2014 | While the rest of the country counts the days until winter ends, here in New Orleans it’s Carnival time. We hit the streets and beg for beads, soaking up all the vibrant colors and sounds of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. At Audubon Nature Institute, we love this time of year.  We enjoy our Mardi Gras traditions and routines, and the crazy swirl of activity that accompanies this special season. But it’s always a welcome relief to come back to  our Audubon attractions to appreciate the natural beauty our world provides for us, reminding us that our corner of the globe here in New Orleans is special in so many ways. Whether you are visiting us from other parts of the world or just down the block, we hope you’ll enjoy many wonderful hours appreciating nature at our Audubon attractions this Carnival season, and we’ll look for you at the parades!


L. Ronald Forman
President and CEO
Audubon Nature Institute

January, 2014 | With the rush of the holidays over, and Mardi Gras still ahead, this is the perfect time to reconnect with family and with nature. We are so fortunate to live in New Orleans, where one day we might be chilled by a brisk northern cold front, and the next day dazzled by a brilliant blue sky with warmth from the sun. We have an Audubon adventure to suit any kind of day. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium might be just the ticket for a brisk or rainy day, while Audubon Zoo, Audubon Park, and  Woldenberg Riverfront Park are perfect for our beautiful sunny afternoons. Whether you choose one or all our attractions, we want to make your experience delightful and unforgettable. Every day can be an Audubon day! We hope to see you soon.


L. Ronald Forman
President and CEO
Audubon Nature Institute

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