(New Orleans, La.) - Host Chriss Knight guides viewers behind-the-scenes of Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans. Premiering Thursday, July 25 at 6pm CT, the new web series will give viewers a backstage pass to meet the much beloved animals and dedicated staff of Audubon Nature Institute.
From animal keepers to exhibit designers, viewers will get a peek behind the curtain to see the planning and problem-solving that take place out of the public's view at Audubon attractions. The weekly series will utilize vivid, skillfully shot video to entertain, educate and inform viewers and visitors about the popular New Orleans attractions.
"As innovators in the zoo world, it is only natural for Audubon to take the lead with this fresh and newly emerging format," said President/CEO Ron Forman. "With online video accounting for half of consumer internet traffic in 2012, we are excited to pioneer new experiences for our visitors and celebrate the wonders of nature with audiences throughout the world."
Season One opens with an up-close-and-personal look at Audubon Aquarium's captivating southern sea otters, Buck and Emma. Viewers will learn how trainers engage and enrich the lives of these highly intelligent animals and how the sea otters have emotionally connected with the animal staff. Later in the season, the series travels with Butterfly Garden and Insectarium entomologists into the Louisiana Swamp to collect bugs, follows Knight as she meets a trio of adorable penguin chicks, and celebrates Casey the silverback gorilla's birthday with some special presents.
Season One of The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans premieres on Thursday, July 25 at 6pm CT on www.realwildanimals.com or www.auduboninstitute.org with new websisodes airing weekly.
Host Chriss Knight brings a decade of television reporting experience and a lifetime love of animals to The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans. Knight's feature and breaking news coverage earned her awards from the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association, Nebraska Associated Press and the New Orleans Press Club. In fact, some of Knight's favorite stories were with the Audubon Nature Institute, including getting doused by hundreds of gallons of water on live television from Cool Zoo at the Audubon Zoo and feeding hungry alligators live from inside the swamp exhibit.
Digital Bayou HD Productions, Inc. was the first professional media service in New Orleans to specialize in high-definition video production. The company has been creating Emmy and Telly award-winning media and programming since 2002. Digital Bayou produces memorable and engaging content for broadcast networks, corporate communications, interactive web series, multimedia museum exhibits, television commercials and web sites. Digital Bayou is one of the most sought after, complete turnkey media production resources in the region.
Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, EntergyIMAX® Theatre, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center,Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park.