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Audubon Zoological Gardens

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Audubon Zoological Gardens

Address Audubon Zoological Garden 6500 Magazine Street New Orleans
Telephone
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Open: April -October: 9.30-17.00 (16.00), weekends until 18 November-March: 9.30-17.00 (16.00) all days
Prices: Adult 9$, seniors 5,75$, children 4,75$ (combination tickets with the Aquarium of the Americas and/or the John James Audubon steam Boat and the Entergy Imax theatre are also available)
Area:
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2008


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This review submitted by Lori Lamb: November 2000
The Audubon park lies some 7 kms to the west of downtown New Orleans, and the zoo is at the southern end of the park, right down to the Mississippi. You can take the old steamboat John James Audubon on the Mississippi right from the Aquarium of the Americas to the zoo, or alternatively take the equally historic St.Charles Streetcar from downtown to the northern end of the park and walk maybe half a km southwards to reach the zoo entrance (or take the free shuttle). Southern Louisiana is swamp land (the famous 'bayou'), and part of the zoo nearest to the river has been made into an artificial swamp where you walk around on boardwalks. They have got one speciality here, namely white (albino) alligators, and these animals are even breeding, so you may get the chance to see 20 cm long white baby alligators in the terrarium and their 2 m long parents outside. The only other place you will see them is in the Aquarium of the Americas, which is part of the same organisation. The rest of the zoo is divided according to geographical principles. Most of the Eastern side of the park represents the African grasslands, with girafs, zebras and so on. Next to the swamp lands there is a North American prairie, bordered by a lake (?!), that stretches on to the Australian outback (!?!), which is where you leave the zoo if you want to take the steam boat (!). Well, it may not be logical, but it is all very beautifully made up. They've got koalas in this part of the World. Walking towards the center of the zoo you pass the Mombasa train station and arrive at the World of Primates and the McDonald center of gravity. Onwards, in the North Eastern corner there are a couple of indoor attractions, namely the socalled Reptile Encounter plus Butterflies in Flight (this last cost an extra couple of dollars). In the North West corner, where you find the main entrance, there is a substantial Asian department. Since my visit the zoo has acquired white tigers, - maybe as part of a publicity stunt, inspired by the famous white alligators.When I visited the place there were even large billboards with all white animal pictures at the entrance, - it can't be a coincidence.
 

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