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Celebrate Nature at the Audubon Nature Institute

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At the Audubon Nature Institute’s zoo, aquarium and insectarium, families explore wildlife from around the world along with their habitats. The Institute partners with international programs to bring rare and endangered species, such as the West African Crowned Crane, the Mississippi Gopher Frog and the Amur Leopard, to Southeast Louisiana.

The Audubon Zoo, ranked one of America’s Top 10 Zoos by Travel & Leisure magazine, showcases an exotic mix of animals from around the world, abundant gardens, hands-on exhibits with animals, as well as educational programs. The zoo features award-winning natural habitats such as Jaguar Jungle, and popular exhibits include sea lions, elephants, a white tiger and white alligators.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, has gigantic sharks, tarpon and sting rays in its 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit. There are also sea turtles, sea otters and penguins, as well as sting rays for kids to pet and parakeets to feed.

Voted “a top museum for you and your kids,” by, the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located a few blocks from the aquarium, is North America’s biggest insect museum. Kids can learn how insects are the building blocks of life on earth, watch an awards show for bugs and view thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden.

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Americas; Jeff Stout; Patt Garin; New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau; Audubon Nature Institute