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Audubon Happenings: January - March 2012


Audubon Nature Institute Happenings
January - March 2012

Audubon Insectarium

Soul Fest, Audubon Zoo

Penguin Exhibit, AAOA

December 21, 2011                                                                                                 New Orleans, LA

Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St.), is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. Beginning March 3, 2012, Audubon Zoo will be open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal St.), Entergy IMAX® Theatre (1 Canal St.) and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (423 Canal St.) are open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

All attractions are closed on Mondays and Mardi Gras Day.


 ZooAquariumInsectariumIMAXAudubon Experience - all 4 attractions
Child (2-12)$11$14$11$7.50$19
Sr. Citizen (65+)$13$17$13$9.50$19

Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure at Audubon Zoo
$2.00 – Members
$4.00 – General Public

In addition to paid Zoo admission.

An Audubon Experience ticket includes admission to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Insectarium.
Adults (13-64)                        $35
Children (2-12)                       $19
Senior Citizens (65+)              $19

Please visit for more information on hours of operation and combination admission prices.

Audubon Aquarium, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium,
Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Zoo will be open
the following Mondays:
January 2
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
February 20 - Lundi Gras

Cool Zoo: A Wild and Wet Splash Park – Audubon Zoo
Keeping cool and having fun! An exciting park full of
water activities anchored by an incredible alligator water slide!


February, 2012 - Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Guests ages 5 – 17 hunt for interesting facts about African American scientists, biologists, zookeepers and other historical figures. All participants are entered into a drawing for a family membership. Activities included in regular admission.

February 21 -24, 2012 - Mardi Gras Camp
Audubon Zoo
$35 per day (9am-3pm) for members, $45 for non-members

Cultural celebrations are fun ways to learn about the world’s animals and peoples. Make Audubon's Mardi Gras Camp part of your child's celebration. Each day is full of animal exploration, scientific investigation, crafts and more at Audubon Zoo! Before and After Care is available – $7 for Before Care and $10 for After Care. This event is created for kids from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Spaces are limited! Phone (504) 861-5103 for more.

Feb. 20, 2012 - Zulu Lundi Gras Festival
Woldenberg Riverfront Park

The 2012 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival lives up to its good-times reputation for the 20th consecutive year, when the 500 members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club host a full day of fun and excitement along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The festival event features local and world-renowned entertainers performing on three stages. The Lundi Gras Festival food vendors kick up dishes like crawfish pie, shrimp Creole, file' gumbo, alligator sausage, Jamaican chicken, crawfish bread, catfish po-boys, peach cobbler, pecan pie and many more New Orleans delicacies. Don’t miss the arrival of the Zulu King and his entourage at 5:00pm.

February 25, 2012 - Get Yah Praise On
Audubon Zoo
12pm – 2pm

A hand-clapping gospel music experience presented in the inspirational setting of Audubon Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. Featured headliner: well-known gospel great Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. Local gospel artists Collage II and Tara Alexander complete this soul stirring event, which is included in admission to Audubon Zoo.

February 28, 2012 - Animal Grossology Grand Opening
Audubon Aquarium
Visitors experience some of the stinkiest, slimiest and downright yukkiest creatures on Earth in this new exhibit that takes a slightly different view of the animal kingdom. Solid science and interactive entertainment translates into big fun for Aquarium guests. Learn why cows chew cud, how snail slime could help treat cystic fibrosis, and why the dung beetle is nature’s original pooper scooper. Limited engagement - included with admission.

March 3 and 4, 2012 - Soul Fest
Audubon Zoo
10am – 5pm

Soul Fest, now in its 9th year, is the premier New Orleans celebration of African American music and culture. Created to spotlight the achievements of African Americans while educating Zoo visitors about heritage, culture and wellness, the festival features Creole and soul food dishes along with live music from New Orleans popular R&B, jazz and gospel performers. Soul Fest also offers health and wellness information and activities for the whole family, including an African American First tribute to local Black History makers. Included in Zoo admission or membership.

March 10, 2012 - Safari After Dark
Audubon Zoo
$40 for members, $50 for non-members (5:30pm-9:30am the next morning

Spend the night camping at Audubon Zoo! This family fun event lets you into the Zoo after everyone else goes home. Bring a tent, sleeping gear and a picnic dinner, and the Audubon Zoo Education staff will educate and entertain with crafts, animal presentations, ‘behind the scenes’ tours and night hikes. Evening snack and continental breakfast included. This event is created for kids 5 years and older and their families. Spaces are limited! Phone (504) 861-5103 for more.

March 17-18, 2012 - Earth Fest
Audubon Zoo
10am – 5pm
Earth Fest is a fun way for Zoo visitors to learn about saving our environment. Exhibitors represent groups from non-profit, government and private businesses involved in environmental issues. Local restaurants and caterers offer taste-tempting fare such as poboys, chicken and andouille gumbo, fried eggplant and more, prepared by native Louisianans. Additionally, artisans showcase handmade arts and crafts. Included in Zoo admission or membership. Earth Fest is powered by BP.

March 31, 2012 - Alligator Egg Hunt
Audubon Zoo
$24 for member children collecting eggs, $32 for non-member children collecting eggs
$6 for members, $16 for non-members

Our Alligator Egg Hunt is an educational egg-hunt for the spring holidays that alligator lovers can fully appreciate. Kids enjoy a snack, make an alligator craft and hunt for their own alligator eggs! This event is full of activities for the whole family. Register at or (504) 861-5103.

March 31, 2012 - Cool Zoo Season Begins!
Audubon Zoo

Audubon Zoo’s popular new attraction opens for its second season March 31. Cool Zoo is an amazing array of fun water toys and activities, including a giant white alligator slide. Visit all day long!

Cool Zoo 2012 pricing:

Individual tickets:
$5 – members
$7 – non-members

POP tickets: Pay one price and enjoy all of Audubon Zoo’s additional-fee attractions, including Cool Zoo, the Endangered Species Carousel, the Swamp Train and Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure. Visit as often as you’d like throughout the whole day!
$9 – members
$12- non-members


Now playing at Audubon’s Entergy IMAX© Theatre:

Hurricane on the Bayou
Under the Sea 3D
Lions 3D
Happy Feet Two 3D

Subject to change. Visit or phone (504) 581-4629 for show schedules.

Media Contact:
Sarah BurnettePublic Relations Director
Audubon Nature Institute
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 212-5335

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