NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Audubon Nature Institute has been nominated in USA Today's latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest! Their expert panel selected Audubon Zoo as a contender for Best Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for Best Aquarium in the competition. The contest, which is USA TODAY just launched, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at 10best.com/awards/travel. A person can vote once a day for the duration of the contest.
Voting ends Monday, April 22, at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time, and the winners will be announced on the 10Best website on Friday, May 3, then later on the USA TODAY website. For official rules, click here.
Last year, Audubon Aquarium ranked 5th and the Zoo ranked 8th among 20 nominees "hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts" and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
What makes a Zoo and Aquarium “America’s Favorite?” USA Today says:
“Short of heading out into the world's wild places, nothing beats a visit to the zoo to foster an appreciation for the striking animal diversity of our planet. We asked a panel of travel experts to nominate their favorite North American AZA-accredited zoos – facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment, while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors," says USA TODAY on what makes a zoo and aquarium 'America's Favorite.'
"Aquariums put us face to fin with aquatic life from the world's oceans, lakes and waterways in a fun and educational setting. The best aquariums also play a vital role in animal conservation by taking part in rescue efforts and advocating for the environmental health of our oceans."