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March 10, 2013
by Amber Autumn
May 19, 2011
From journal The Big Easy
June 10, 2010
The Audubon Zoo has been getting better and better with age. It's open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm, and closed on Mondays. There's plenty of parking spaces, and the parking is free. New additions to the Zoo are: the Swamp Train that brings passengers around the Zoo for a fee, and gives educational facts about the animals along the way; the Simulator Ride is a ride that takes you through the Bermuda Triangle, under the sea, or through a haunted (it wasn't scary) mine for a fee; and the Dinosaur Adventure that shows different types of dinosaurs and lets you dig for fossils for a fee. Even if you didn't go in the Dinosaur Adventure, check out its gift shop. It can become a blessing on a hot summer day because it's always cold in there, and you might find something unique that you wouldn't in the other gift shops.
The Zoo is divided into different sections. The Asian Domain has the white tiger, elephants, a tiger, and camels. Near the Asian Domain is Discovery Walk, which is great for the little kids. There's different stations to see animals up and close, and a petting zoo in the back. If you walk around the Elephant Fountain, you can go look at the different types of money in the Primate park. Be sure to check out Menari, she's the newest addition of Sumatran orangutans since June of 2009. If you head left, pass the Roman Candy cart and a sign with a Komodo Dragon on it, you'll head toward the Reptiles. You'll see crocodiles, a variety of snakes and other reptiles, the komodo dragon, and a blue iguana. Inside the Reptile House you can see a turtle swimming inside one of the tanks. It's also cold in there as well -- if you're willing to enjoy looking at slimy company. The Dinosaur Adventure is near here. Next, the sea lions have their own tank before you get to the African Savanna, and be sure to go down the stone steps to see the bottom of the tank. Sometimes the sea lions like to pass by the window. The African Savanna has pelicans, rhinos, zebras, large turtles, and other animals. The best part about the Savanna is Monkey Hill. Not only can children play in the waterfall, but there's a small pool at the bottom where parents can dip their feet in the water. Still continuing along the path, you'll find the Louisiana Swamp area where you can see black bears and alligators. One of the best eating places, the Cypress Knee Cafe is here, and is a bit pricey. The white alligator and its gift shop is past here.
The last two parts of the Zoo are Jaguar Jungle and South American Pampas. Jaguar Jungle is a unique place because of the Mayan architecture. You can also dig for Mayan artifacts in the shade near the jaguars, and see a temple that says not to climb it. The South American Pampas is where you'll find ostriches, odd birds, and other creatures found in this region. Beyond here is the large bird house and a section devoted to frogs and amphibians. Following down the trail will find the Zoo's amusement park area with a carousel and the Simulator, then you'll be by the food court and near the Elephant Fountain.
If you visit the Zoo very often, I would recommend a season pass. It might be a bit pricey now, but it pays for itself after a few visits, 10 percent off of all purchases, and special invites to all-year events. Also, I found that the main gift shop didn't have as much as I thought. If you get the chance, visit all the gift shops around the Zoo. Even if you didn't pay to board the Swamp Train, the Swamp Train stations have fans that blow nice cool mist. Recently, the poet-in-residence took different quotes from poetry and made signs around the Zoo. Be sure to see how many you can find, and recognize.
Also, on select Saturdays called Endangered Species Day, you can learn more about endangered species. Children collect a bookmark and visit different tables around the Zoo, and they get a stamp. After so many stamps, the table at the front gives a temporary tatoo of a black bear, or a button pin that says "Audubon Zoo Endangered Species Day".
IG, British Columbia
August 13, 2006
July 14, 2003
From journal a rainy week in nawlins
January 9, 2003
It's a relaxing break from upbeat Bourbon Street that will give the entire family some quality time together. Don't forget to bring a backpack to store snacks and water--you'll like having them while visiting the grounds.
From journal The Real Dirty South
June 21, 2005
From journal New Orleans - Food Lovers Mecca
August 24, 2005
The Audubon is a regular zoo with a Reptile House (snake handles on the doors), bird house with exotic species, monkeys, and a petting zoo. There are also elephants near a very large elephant statue and fountain, which became the entrance to the park in recent years. There's the Louisiana Swamp with alligators. The mother alligator is usually around a tree where her nest is. Past the swamp is a Cajun restaurant or McDonald's (which is located near the elephants). Past the exhibit is a wooden cottage above a lake where you can see baby alligators and reptiles hatch.
As for the Louisiana Swamp and the Jaguar Jungle, I suggest these are both sites not to be missed. The Jaguar Jungle is a Mayan architecture park with a temple that says the gods will be angry if you walk onto it, which was to get kids from climbing on it. At one time there was an iguana, but it died. If you want to climb some of the temple, there are small steps on the left-hand side of it. There was also a sacrifice table, a jaguar exhibit, a digging site, and a larger and small arch that even I, at 5'3'', can walk under and not bump my head!
The zoo is also home to peacocks, which are not far from the elephant fountain. There are gift shops around the entrance. Recent additions have been a komodo dragon, the Jaguar Jungle, and the Monkey Hill waterfall. At one time there was a wild cat born of a regular cat or leopard named Jazz, but the kitty went traveling and wasn't heard of again. There was also the Roman Candy Cart with the taffy that was hard enough to break your teeth. And, long ago, there was another area with small shops. You had to walk up the alley and take a left, and you're at the Elephant Fountain. The zoo has made many changes through the years. Boo at the Zoo in October is when there are small booths for children to have candy, learn interesting facts, and listen to a band. Then there's a big celebration to Earth Fest. Eating at the zoo doesn't cost an arm and a leg. If you don't mind pigeons stealing your french fries or a Louisiana swamp-like view, these are the places for you.
There's a song called "They All Asked For You," which every New Orleanian has heard some time or another. It mentions the Audubon Zoo, and a guy asking how the animals "all asked for you" because a person wasn't there. To explore more of the city's illustrious charm, this is a place that beckons you to see what it has to offer.
The Audubon Zoo was named after painter John James Audubon, who tried to paint and describe the birds of the world. I have the hardest time finding anyone to come with me to the zoo because it's too HOT! The only free time I have to visit the zoo is during the summer, and it is humid during the summer. The best day to go is on a cloudy or rainy day.
Laguna Hills, California
February 9, 2005
From journal Honeymoon in The Big Easy