Audubon Nature Institute launches virtual online series during temporary closings

Are you longing for a peek at the roaring lions at Audubon Zoo’s African Savanna exhibit? Would you rather be walking through the tunnel of Audubon Aquarium’s Great Maya Reef exhibit instead of the grocery store aisle?

Audubon Nature Institute announced a new virtual online series for families having wildlife withdrawals while the zoo, aquarium and other Audubon facilities are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

The new series, called the Virtual Community Connection Series, will provide a virtual connection to Audubon attractions through social media for families online.

This series, designed to engage Audubon’s supporters and boost their spirits while at home, officially launched on March 19 and will consist of daily activities posted across Audubon’s social media platforms including:

  • Keeper takeovers
  • Interactive videos
  • Virtual visits to our attractions
  • Online Quizzes

Audubon says the new series is an expansion of Audubon’s current Community Connect programming.

Audubon launched the series on with a Facebook Live at Audubon Zoo featuring an animal enrichment activity with the male lion, Arnold.

We’re live with Africa animal care staffers Madi and Alanea as they do a lion training session with Arnold and answer your questions!

Posted by Audubon Zoo on Thursday, March 19, 2020

Audubon Nature Institute hopes to expand how zoos and aquariums interact with and inspire their communities during trying times.

“Audubon’s mission is to connect our community to the natural world, and we are committed to continuing our important work protecting wildlife,” says Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We hope by sharing stories and activities from our dedicated animal care team and educators, we can spark action and bring joy, smiles, and a little stress relief to families during this challenging time.”

Follow Audubon across these social media platforms to keep up with the series: 


@Audubon Nature Institute

@Audubon Zoo

@Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

@Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

@Audubon Louisiana Nature Center





During this temporary closure, check Audubon’s social media channels for  regular  updates, photos, and videos.

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