We Went on Down to the Audubon Zoo   5 comments

…and they all ask’d for you.

While in Louisiana visiting my mom, sisters, etc, we took a couple days to go to New Orleans. Naturally, a zoo was involved, the Audubon Zoo. They had a lot of flamingos.
Bending Flamingo

Flamingos were the favorite of my mom, along with elephants.

They had two white tigers, who were napping.
White Tiger

The amur leopard is among the rarest of cats, with an estimated 30 in the wild and another 200-300 in captivity. There were three in New Orleans, including a cub.
Amur Leopard Cub

They also had a jaguar, who seemed rather pensive…
Pensive Jaguar

…until an emergency bath was required.
Jaguar Bath

In the next exhibit was a baby jaguar.
Baby Jaguar

Perhaps the high point of the collection was a set of Louisiana animals, in a swap. The had a bear.
Louisiana Bear

An alligator swam by some ducks.
Gator and Ducks

There was a very handsome cougar, giving some insight into Joseph and Tecumseh’s future:
(Big) Cougar Bath

Nearby, a raccoon hung out in a tree.

One exhibit had nutria, a small rodent native to the area.

The Audubon Zoo is one of the few places you can see white alligators.
White Alligator

Several otters were playing and swimming.
Swimming Otter

Stretching Otter

The bobcats were wrapping up their day.
Stretching Bobcat

Stalking Bobcat

Sly foxes watched the visitors.
Red Fox

Giraffes demonstrated big, bigger, biggest.
Giraffe Sizes

Perhaps a bit of state pride resulted in the inclusion of pelicans.

Posted 2011-01-01 by Mr. Guilt in animals, cats, cougars, Louisiana

5 responses to “We Went on Down to the Audubon Zoo

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  1. I love the cat & elephant pics!

    I recently learned that the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering backstage tours. I think I’ll try to work that, and another Wild Animal Park safari, into my 2011.

  2. Great animal pictures…as always.

  3. Do they still have the seal palace and the enormous live oaks with moss. Christmas in New Orleans was part of my childhood as one set of grandparents had retired there.

    • They still do. This was my first trip to the zoo in like 21 years. It is a rather nice zoo. The collection is a bit on the smaller side, but it is presented well. Either that, or I’m spoiled to Cincinnati, San Diego, and Columbus.

  4. I do love the flamingo photo!!!!!!

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