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For the first time in New Orleans, the world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids will splash into Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18 and Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. 


Audubon Nature Institute, working in partnership with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) rescued, rehabilitated and released a critically-endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas recently welcomed a new white alligator to the Mississippi River Gallery and is asking the public to help name its new addition.

SEAlebration will be held Friday, October 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, located at 1 Canal Street in New Orleans.

Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) is excited to offer an exclusive culinary experience in an unforgettable setting on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Photo by Jeff Vollmer

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes a new white alligator to the Mississippi River Gallery. The alligator is one of a pair found by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries agents on a Federal Preserve in West Louisiana in 2009.

It’s a beetle invasion at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13, 2015!

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and mark the progress New Orleans has witnessed in the 10 years since, Audubon Nature Institute will host a reunion event on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas celebrates its 25th birthday with a splash, featuring three days of "fintastic" activities this Labor Day weekend!

Entergy IMAX® Theatre will close September 8 and will undergo $1.2 million of upgrades.

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, Audubon Zoo is hosting a special awareness event leading up to World Elephant Day, featuring opportunities to explore and learn about elephants.

Audubon Nature Institute is pleased to announce the addition of eleven new Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Restaurant Partners.

Audubon Zoo raised the curtain recently on two new attractions: one that transports visitors to an exotic foreign land and another that offers an up-close-and-personal look at frogs.

Today, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas announced the gender of Chicory, the latest penguin to hatch at the's a girl!

Today, Bill HR 668 passed into law, which repeals the 1987 law prohibiting state agents from enforcing turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on shrimp trawls in state waters.

UPDATED: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Zoo will host a week of space exploration provided by NASA Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Make plans now to be at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Friday, September 11 for Scales & Ales to benefit the Aquarium’s education programs and conservation efforts.

Visitors to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July with butterfly-themed activities!  The patriotic fun flutters in on Friday, July 3, 2015 - Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is excited to launch Wild Nights – Insect Adventure, a new Wild Encounter that offers the opportunity for close-up observation of the truly amazing diversity of arthropods.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is thrilled to announce the successful hatching of an endangered African blackfooted penguin chick named Chicory. 

Audubon Nature Institute is partnering with the American Society for Microbiology to host marine biologist and oceanographer Dr. Antje Boetius at Entergy IMAX® Theatre on Monday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

To highlight the growing importance of working to save endangered species from extinction, Audubon Nature Institute will have endangered animals “vanish” from their exhibits.

The restoration of the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center passed a significant milestone Thursday when the Audubon Commission voted to award a $7 million construction contract.

Audubon Nature Institute will participate in GiveNOLA Day 2015 on May 5. 

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas buzzworthy $2 Tuesday deal for Louisiana residents ends on March 31, 2015

Five rehabilitated endangered sea turtles stranded off the New England coast were released into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, March 17 by Audubon Nature Institute working at the direction of NOAA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

Giant insects from all over the planet have a new home in New Orleans at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Visitors can now marvel at the enormity of some of the world's largest moths, cockroaches and beetles currently on exhibit.

In order to help consumers make the best decisions when purchasing Gulf seafood, Audubon Nature Institute’s sustainable seafood program, Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.), has developed a new app to help consumers easily locate the freshest, in-season Gulf seafood in stores and restaurants. 

Because the divers at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas have been dancing with the sharks for nearly 25 years, they created a video of their take on last Sunday's half-time show. Audubon Aquarium divers show that you don't have to be a pop star to dance with sharks! 

Twenty-one rehabilitated endangered sea turtles stranded last month off the New England coast were released into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Audubon Nature Institute.

Audubon assisted in a recent successful manatee rescue, thanks to efforts by researchers from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network (MSN) and the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN), along with collaborators.

Twenty-seven sea turtles were transported from the New England Aquarium to the Audubon Aquatic Center housed in the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans on Monday, December 15 for treatment by the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP).

On Wednesday, December 17, Santa will suit up and scuba dive in the Great Maya Reef tunnel, and will return on Thursday, December 18 at 3 p.m. to hand deliver treats to the penguins.

Jingle Bugs

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium welcomes the whole family to a full day of holiday fun at Jingle Bugs on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes "Caroline," the newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. The 3-year-old sand tiger shark arrived on November 5, 2014 from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

-Audubon Nature Institute welcomes Taylor Audubon Students and Scholars, parents or guardians and two family members or friends to visit FREE on Saturday, November 29, 2014.  

Hoppy Thanksgiving

On Tuesday, November 25 and Wednesday, November 26, Audubon Executive Bug Chefs stir things up in Bug Appétit by offering visitors the opportunity to taste new twists to traditional Thanksgiving family recipes.

Audubon Nature Institute is inviting the community to experience their attractions in a whole new way, through an array of newly-introduced education programs available offering one-of-a-kind learning adventures for the entire family.

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