After closing for Hurricane Ida, Audubon Nature Institute will start reopening its facilities this week. Officials also announced a gift for Louisiana residents after the storm: 50% off admission fees to the zoo and aquarium from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3.
The first phase of reopening 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 and Audubon Park Tennis opening on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Due to inclement weather from Hurricane Nicholas, the Golf Club at Audubon Park originally scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 18 will be delayed through the weekend. The golf course and path are not clear enough to ensure the safety of golfers.
“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.”
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 Nature Institute also said animals at the facility “did well” during Hurricane Ida, even with power outages lasting more than a week in some areas.
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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