Thursday, November 30, 2023

Audubon Nature Institute Home to the Soaked and the Slimed this Spring

New Orleans, LA, USA — The Audubon Institute will be bringing two unique attractions to the Crescent City this Spring, “Cool Zoo” and “Animal Grossology.”  

At the Audubon Zoo, “Cool Zoo,” opening March 31, is splash park that includes jumping water spouts, a 28 foot alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, bubbling fountains, water-spitting snakes and more. The attraction, returning for a second year, includes three different splash zones, with one area set aside especially for toddlers and younger kids.

“Cool Zoo” was designed in-house by the Audubon Nature Institute, with custom fixtures manufactured by WET Engineering.

At the Audubon Aquarium, visitors will experience some of the “stinkiest, slimiest and downright yukkiest creatures on Earth” in the new interactive exhibit “Animal Groosology,” which takes a slightly different view of the animal kingdom. Visitors will learn why cows chew cud, how snail slime could help treat cystic fibrosis, and why the dung beetle is nature’s original pooper scooper. This limited engagement exhibit opens February 28.
“Animal Grossology” was designed and constructed by Advanced Animations.

Audubon Nature Institute, a New Orleans-based not-for-profit which operates Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park, Audubon Insectarium, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (currently closed) and Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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