Audubon Zoo (Continued)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Amber Autumn on August 24, 2005

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."~John James Audubon

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.

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, 70118
(504) 581-4629

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