NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Audubon Nature Institute plans to reopen its facilities following closures due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida in two phases. The first phase begins Thursday, Sept. 16, with the reopening of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. The second phase will include Audubon Zoo, Golf Club at Audubon Park, and Audubon Park Tennis opening on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Portions of the jogging path in Audubon Park are scheduled to reopen for limited use this week. Bicycles will not be permitted until the entire Park opens this Saturday.

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 September 16 through October 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.”

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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