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The biggest and most wide-ranging zoo complex in New Orleans, America
Zappy Exploration at Audubon Zoo
Similar yet has its distinctive feature, Audubon's Zoo provide a diverse collection of animals from Amur leopards, orangutans, jaguars, tigers, white alligators, gorilla and flamingos. Operating on weekdays on 10 am to 5 pm and weekend from 10 am to 6 pm, Audubon's Zoo also offers the specified areas for animals, namely the African Savanna where you can feed the zebras and giraffes and Audubon Aviary which features more than 30 species of birds in a variety of colors and characteristics.
In Audubon's Aquarium, the visitors are able to see the Washed Ashore exhibits, the aquatic sculptures made from plastic trash from the beaches which consist of the sculptures of a 10-foot Sea Jelly, leaping Marlin, and the Great White Shark, as well as the Sebastian James the Tufted Puffin across the flamingo exhibit in the entry plaza. Moreover, the visitors can watch the world's most advanced motion picture technology at Entergy Giant Screen Theater through Reef Rescue, the interactive virtual experience which mission is to help restore the home of Sting and Bob, the fishes who live at The Great Barrier Reef.
Located in the Federal building of U.S Custom House on Canal Street, the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will let you explore all about the insects on the mystifying Lousiana swamp and amazed of the countless butterflies scattered in an Asian garden. Operated daily from 10 am to 4.30 pm, the site that is chosen as the top museum for both parents and kids by CNN in 2009. The garden also airs Awards Night, a movie about superstar bugs and their outstanding achievement which is dubbed by worldwide stars Jay Leno, Joan River, and Brad Garret. On the other hand, the visitors are able to get closer to the insects on Field Camp where the insect expert will explain all about the wild species.
In the Planetarium, the visitors are able to witness the real-time images from NAS, the projection system of state of the art, and custom programming. Located at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, the Planetarium shows which run approximately 45 minutes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on 2.30 pm and Saturday and Sunday on 10.30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm featured five short films, namely Universe, One World One Sky (Big Bird's Adventure), Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope, Losing the Dark, and Flight of the Butterflies. The large group tour may reserve the Planetarium which makes the seating limited to common visitors.
Lastly, enjoy the wind breeze as you sit at the field of Woldenberg Riverfront Park with a space that stretches for 16 acres between Mississippi River and French Quarter. You also can run on the popular riverside jogging path while seeing the sculptures and artwork along the path. A busking band and street singers may be in your sight as Woldeberg Riverfront Park is the right place to gather the citizen's attention. Don't forget to watch the 90-foot linear water feature in the site which is open to the visitors during Aquarium's operating hours, varied by five light shows for evening events on the plaza.
How to Get Tickets?
It is highly advised to buy the ticket on Audubon Zoo's official website to skip the lines and save $3 per person. The ticket entrance is varied based on its age range, facilities, and the platforms you buy it. Check the prices on their website or at the entrance as different facilities have their own prices.
How To Get Around?
You can explore the zoo by walking from one area to the other. In addition, the zoo is accessible to the handicap as it provides wheelchairs that are available to rent. The parents also can bring along their babies as the strollers and wagons are allowed to access the zoo.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as shirt, cardigan, and pants along with sneakers or sandals because the zoo also has the outdoor area which the visitors can explore by themselves. Don't forget to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses and sun hat as the weather may become too hot in the afternoon.
Best Time to Visit
It is best to visit the zoo during its least frequented times on weekday afternoons. However, you also can visit the zoo from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday to Friday and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Will I Need a Guide?
No guided tours are available as there are plenty of signs and information, so you are able to explore the zoo and other facilities by yourself.
How To Get There?
You can reach Audubon Zoo by RTA bus through the line 11 (Magazine) and line 32 (Leonidas) which got off at the 10:Tchoupitoulas line ends near the Zoo. You also can ride the Airport Downtown Express (E-2) from the Louis Armstrong New Orleands International Airport in Kenner to Carrollton and Tulane Avenues where it connects with the RTA's Leonidas bus to the front of the Zoo.
It is advised that the visitors should not bring suitcases, backpacks, or coolers (with our without wheels) in more than 28-quart size, as well as any kind of alcohol, glass containers, disposable straws, lids, and cigarette.