Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Orleans Audubon Zoo

A couple days ago, I posted pictures of our first of two days in New Orleans, Louisiana. On the second day, we visited the Audubon Zoo. (We must have a thing for zoos because we had just toured the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere several weeks before.) The Audubon Zoo was very clean and well kept, and there were a lot of neat exhibits to see. It took us about three hours to go through the entire property.

In Nashville, the giraffes were too far away for us to get a good view, but in New Orleans, three of them were standing right in front of us as we walked past their enclosure. For some reason, they were all quite focused on licking whatever was in sight. We took a couple snapshots...



We walked past the elephant exhibit just as the zookeeper was performing her daily inspection. The elephants are trained to raise their feet on command so the zookeeper can examine them. The crowd "oohed" and "ahhed," and I'm pretty sure the animals were hamming it up on purpose. Is it just me, or does the one on the left looks like it's smiling?



The Audubon Zoo is home to a "giant anteater." I thought he was way too small to be considered giant, but then again I'm no anteater expert. The little guy was extremely friendly. Maybe he thought we were bringing him some ants...

Did you know that anteaters consumes an average of 30,000 ants daily? At that rate, I can't help but wonder why we still have ants in our world.


I can't remember what species of bear this is, but it is apparently the original "teddy bear" (as in the species that inspired the stuffed animal). The picture isn't great, but he sure looked cuddly!


Then there were the flamingos. Their enclosure stunk like shrimp, but they sure were pretty. 


20 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/01/2016

    Those enclosures look sad and like there is not enough vegetation for the animals. Maybe focus on supporting ethical wildlife centres in the future.

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    1. In person, the exhibits seemed to be quite nice, although I'll admit I don't know much about ethical wildlife enclosures. We saw zookeepers interacting with various animals, and they seemed to be treating them well, but again, I'm not an expert. :)

      Ellie

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    2. The New Orleans zoo is run by the non-profit Audubon Institute which has done tremendous work for animals, especially the conservation of endangered species. New Orleans gets more rainfall that most of the original habitats of these animals, so they actually have plenty of green vegetation.

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  2. Anonymous12/01/2016

    My little siblings loved the Audubon Zoo when we visited New Orleans a while back (they all really love animals). I love the picture you took of the anteater! It's so cute. And wow, I didn't realize they ate so many ants!

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    1. I agree, it was a great zoo. I was also shocked by that statistic. Lol.

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous12/01/2016

    So which zoo did you enjoy the most?

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    1. Hmm, that's a tough question. I think the New Orleans Zoo was bigger, but the bird sanctuary and kangaroo petting zoo at the Nashville Zoo were especially neat. So I would say that both have their pros and cons, but the Nashville Zoo was probably my favorite.

      Ellie

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  4. Anonymous12/01/2016

    Yeah that anteater looks smaller than the one in Sacramento zoo, but even though Sacramento is the capital of California their zoo is not that great.

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    1. That's interesting. I would be interested to hear which zoo is considered to be the best in the U.S. and in the world.

      Ellie

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed going to the Zoo on your Trip. There are 2 zoos that we know of, yet sadly they are 3 hours away from where we live. The first time I went to one of them was 12 in 6th Grade, and now I'm 19 teaching English Classes to mediocre students at the same school!

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    1. Anonymous12/03/2016

      Hola James. Yo visite Ecuador e mayo y me dio tristeza ver gente tan materialista (a quien yo tristemente visite) y al'mismo tiempo gente tan pobre vendiendo fruta en las calles ­čśč

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    2. Lo lamento mucho. Ese es la triste realidad de mi pa├şs. Extra├▒amente, me he encontrado justo en medio de esas dos circunstancias econ├│micas.

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  6. Anonymous12/01/2016

    I like animals and enjoyed your pictures and comments very much, thank you for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

      Thanks for being a loyal reader. :)
      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous12/02/2016

    I live in the rockies of Alberta, and bears are definitely seen as a pest around here, especially in the summer! We had a bad problem this past year with them going through our (bear proof) garbage bins. Despite all that, I still think they're adorable. I'm glad they are protected in our national parks, and that they track them. It's funny to see them refer to a specific bear in the news, almost like they are a person, like, "Bear #133 was spotted today" :)

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    1. That's funny that they refer to them by numbers. I was born in Calgary and lived there a few years before we moved to the States. We have seen bears a few times while visiting Banff and Jasper. It's a beautiful area! Do you live in a small town?

      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous12/02/2016

    I live in the suburbs near Atlanta. If you are ever near Toledo, Ohio don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Toledo Zoo. It is fantastic. It's my favorite out of all of the zoos that I have visited (Atlanta, Audubon in N.O, Lowry Park in Tampa , San Diego, and Toledo). Love your posts. Le

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I'm glad you enjoy my posts. Have a wonderful day. :)

      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous12/03/2016

    Because I can't resist mentioning it... the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska is really amazing! I know you probably wouldn't expect it, but they have some fantastic exhibits and fascinating animals. They're usually pretty high up in rankings. And I haven't been there, but I've heard good things about both the San Diego Zoo and the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.

    From personal experience, I wouldn't rank the Denver Zoo in Colorado as high as the Henry Doorly Zoo, but it is also a pretty good one. :)

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    1. Thanks for mentioning that. I looked up the top 10 zoos in the U.S., and the Henry Doorly Zoo is on the list. I'll have to put that on my list of places to visit. :)

      Ellie

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