Audubon’s Zoo-To-Do for Kids postponed due to rise in child COVID cases

Audubon Nature Institute says it’s postponing Zoo-To-Do for Kids until Nov. 12 due to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases among children in the Greater New Orleans area.

The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 10 at Audubon Zoo. Audubon says it’s working closely with long-time partner Children’s Hospital to determine the best plan moving forward.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

“We are disappointed that we won’t be able to enjoy Zoo-to-Do for Kids as originally planned, but are hopeful that by following safety protocol and continuing to encourage our community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it will be safe for us to gather together again soon, and celebrate all that this wonderful event has to offer for families across our community,” president and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans John R. Nickens IV said in a release.

Tickets to the event, including sponsor and patron packages, will be transferred to Nov. 12.

“We look forward to welcoming local families to mission-focused fundraisers that ignite passion to make our community and world a better place each year, but rescheduling this event is the right thing to do,” Audubon Nature Institute president and CEO Ron Forman said in a release. “The health and safety of our guests and our entire community are Audubon and Children’s Hospital’s top priorities.”

Audubon says it’s consulting with local public health officials to determine next steps their other big fundraising event, Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do, scheduled for Sept. 17.

Currently, organizers say they plan to include enhanced health and safety protocols that adhere to the City of New Orleans’ current guidelines at the event. The 2021 Lexus Vehicle Raffle and Luxury Raffle drawings will occur as planned.

Funds raised from Zoo-To-Do events fund critical operations such as caring for animals, public parks, and museums that Audubon stewards for the New Orleans community.

The 2021 Zoo-To-Do events celebrate Audubon’s conservation efforts for whooping cranes, an endangered species that neared extinction in the 1940s.

See more COVID-related event updates here.

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