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L. Ronald (Ron) Forman

President & Chief Executive Officer
Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

  • Audubon Park
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Woldenberg Riverfront Park
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center
  • Entergy Giant Screen Theater
  • Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
  • Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species
  • Audubon Wilderness Park
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Audubon Nature Institute Foundation


Ron Forman began his tenure with Audubon Park and Zoological Garden in 1972 as City Hall liaison. Arriving at Audubon in 1977 he continued with the transform of Audubon Zoo from an "urban ghetto" to the "Urban Eden" we see today. As president and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute, Ron Forman has been instrumental in the growth of this organization and stands as a community leader in the New Orleans area.

1977 - PresentPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Audubon Nature Institute
1973 - 1977Deputy Director, Audubon Park & Zoological Garden
1972 - 1973Administrative Analyst, City of New Orleans, Audubon Park Commission
1976Graduate of Zoo Management School, North Carolina State University
1969B. S. Degree, Louisiana State University
Current Affiliations   
ProfessionalAmerican Zoo and Aquarium Association
 World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
OtherGreater New Orleans Miracle League Board
 Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District Commission, Chairman
 New Orleans Business Council
 New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Board, Chairman
 New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Chairman
 Tulane President’s Council
 Wake Forest Parents’ Council
Past Affiliations
ProfessionalAmerican Association of Museums Board
 American Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums, President
 Chimp Haven Advisory Committee
 Georgia Tech Center for Conservation and Behavior, Senior Fellow
2005Woodrow Wilson Award
2002Man of the Year, Construction Industry Association
1999Walk of Fame Inductee, New Orleans Hilton
1998Jr. Achievement Business Hall of Fame
1995Gambit Newspaper "New Orleanian of the Year"
1994PR Society of America/New Orleans "Hornblower of the Year"
1993ADL "Torch of Liberty Award"
1992National Conference of Christians & Jews "Weiss Award"
1990New Orleans Magazine "Man of the Decade"
 New Orleans Press Club "Headliner of the Year"
 New Orleans Area Boy Scouts Council "Distinguished Citizen Award"
1989Big Brothers/Big Sisters "Man of the Year"
1985“Audubon Park:  An Urban Eden”, Co-Author
1986“Red Pepper Paradise”, Foreword
1990“Creatures, Corals, and Colors”, Foreword


Read Ron Forman's From the President messages.

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