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Celebrate the hottest new way to keep cool in New Orleans – Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo!!


What:The Big Splash – Celebrating the Opening of Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo
Who:Ron Forman and a host of happy kids, all getting drenched
Where:Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street
When:Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:30am

Celebrate the opening of Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo. The Big Splash on Friday, April 15, at 10:30, will have the new water zone cranked up to full speed. Reporters are fair game for the huge white alligator slide, which dumps a giant bucket of water every 90 seconds on anyone standing below it.  PR people and other Audubon employees (including our CEO) guaranteed to get wet. See release below for details.
While you’re at the Zoo, check out DNA Day outside of Earth Lab by the front gate. The Genetics Department of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has special activities for students, teachers and the general public from 10am12pm.
It’s an Audubon Zoo Two-Fer this Friday!  Enter via administration entrance or front gate – just be aware that front gate will be jammed with spring break visitors. Hope to see you here!

View our Cool Zoo Photo Gallery on Flickr

Everyone is talking about it – Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is the hot spot for cooling down!

Cool Zoo, a new wild and wet splash park, is open at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Features include jumping water spouts, a huge 28 foot alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, bubbling fountains, water-spitting snakes and more, adding exciting fun to a warm-weather Audubon Zoo adventure.

The highly-anticipated attraction includes three different splash zones, with one area set aside especially for toddlers and younger kids. Cool Zoo is located beside the Gottesman Family Endangered Species Carousel.

There is shaded seating, family restrooms, lockers, a Snack N' Splash concession stand and The Cool Shop, carrying all kinds of summertime essentials.

“Cool Zoo is a dream come true for us at Audubon Zoo,” said Audubon Zoo Managing Director Larry Rivarde. “We always want people to spend more time with us outdoors, but the heat of a New Orleans summer can be daunting. Cool Zoo gives everyone a chance to chill while they’re visiting our animals and learning about nature.”

The “Big Splash” on April 15, 2011, marks the official opening of Cool Zoo.

Admission is $4.00 for Audubon members and $5.00 for non-members in addition to regular Zoo admission, which is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 2 -12, and $11.95 for seniors 65 and older. Audubon members are always admitted to the Zoo free of charge. Cool Zoo wristbands are purchased at the front gate or at the entrance to Cool Zoo. Everyone entering Cool Zoo must have a wristband.

Once summer really gets going, Audubon Zoo stays open until 7pm so everyone can cool down at the end of a busy day. Extended hours are Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Audubon Zoo is part of Audubon Nature Institute, a New Orleans-based not-for-profit which also operates Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park, Audubon Insectarium, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (currently closed) and Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species.
For more visitor information about Cool Zoo or any Audubon Nature Institute attraction, call (504) 581-4629.

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Sarah Burnette
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