Monday, December 4, 2023

Audubon Nature Institute reopens facilities after Hurricane Ida closures

Audubon Nature Institute plans to reopen its facilities following closures due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida in two phases. The first phase began on Sept. 16 with the reopening of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. The second phase will include Audubon Zoo and Audubon Park Tennis opening on Sept. 18. However, due to inclement weather from Hurricane Nicholas, the Golf Club at Audubon Park scheduled to reopen on Sept. 18 will be delayed through the weekend. The golf course and path are not clear enough to ensure the safety of golfers.

Audubon Zoo. Photo courtesy of Audubon Nature Institute.

Audubon is offering a 50% discount on all admission to the Zoo and Aquarium to Louisiana residents. The offer is valid online and at the front gate for up to four tickets from Sept. 16 through Oct. 3, 2021.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in our community that have been impacted by the storm,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We hope that a visit to the Zoo or Aquarium and the opportunity to connect with the natural world can provide a little solace to our community during this difficult time.”

Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Audubon Nature Institute.

The animals under the care of Audubon’s dedicated staff did well throughout the storm. Although the facilities lost power for an extended period, activation of Audubon’s robust hurricane plan which includes several tiers of energy contingencies, protected the thousands of animals in Audubon’s parks and museums.

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