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Exciting fun is just around the corner!
Audubon Nature Institute is growing with so much new to do coming up soon.

Audubon Zoo

These Audubon Zoo Exhibits Are Currently Closed for Construction:

  • Elephant Exhibit – Reopening 2015
  • Sea Lion Pool – Upper and lower pools are closed; animals are off-exhibit. Reopening 2015
  • Discovery Walk is currently closed for the season

See details on these upcoming new Audubon Zoo enhancements below!

Where are the elephants?

Audubon’s elephants make specially scheduled public appearances as they (and we!) await completion of their brand new, spacious exhibit. Jean and Panya meet their adoring public between 10:00 and 12:00 each day except Wednesdays just across from the white tiger in Asian Domain, weather and staffing permitting. When not in public view, they’re taking it easy off-exhibit behind-the-scenes, getting ready for the big ribbon-cutting on their new habitat in 2015.

> Read the Press Release
> View the new Site Plan
See the new Elephant Barn

Have a Water Fight with an Elephant at the Renewed Audubon Zoo



We're creating new experiences for you all around Audubon Zoo. Here's what we're working on:

  • Watoto Walk
    Audubon’s popular Children’s Zoo is now an all new petting zoo located across from the giraffe exhibit in the African Savanna. Your favorite goats and sheep are waiting to meet you in a fantastic African village setting. Watoto Walk opened on December 20, 2014.
  • Asian Domain
    While we work to expand Asian Domain, you can still see beautiful leopards, wave to the sun bears, visit Audubon’s famous white tiger and watch the playful babirusa and small-clawed otters as we make one of Audubon’s most beautiful areas even more special. New orangutan and elephant exhibits opening in 2015.
  • Cool Zoo II
    Can’t get enough of Cool Zoo? You’re in luck! Cool Zoo II expands the original Cool Zoo by an acre and a half, with the Gator Run a new lazy river with more water fun than ever before. Opening in 2015. Meanwhile, enjoy all the exciting fun at the original Cool Zoo while we work on the expansion.
  • Sea Lion Pool
    The upper and lower pools are both closed, and the sea lions are off-exhibit while work happens on filtration and other systems. The sea lions should be back on-exhibit in 2015.

    While we are busy creating new adventures for you throughout Audubon Zoo, remember to swing by two of Audubon Zoo’s most famous exhibits. The Louisiana Swamp is a true swamp experience in the middle of the city, with gators galore and the Cypress Knee Café if you want to grab a snack. Right next to the Swamp, Jaguar Jungle features animals like lively spider monkeys, anteaters and the incredible jaguars, exhibited amid Central America stone structures carved to look just like the originals.


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas


Aquarium Exterior

  • Signage at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is getting a spruce-up. Pedestrians on Canal Street may notice some heavy equipment in place periodically as signs are removed for cleaning and refurbishing. Completion set for Winter 2014.

IMAX® Plaza

  • You'll soon be welcomed by a delightful new Plaza experience along the Mississippi River when you visit Audubon Aquarium of the Americas! A cooling canopy of palm trees and a sweeping view of the majestic river accentuate a beautiful new 90' linear fountain. We know you'll love it! Opening Spring 2015.


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