(New Orleans, La.) - Audubon Zoo hosts its third annual Special Needs Day on Saturday, November 8. Special Needs Day offers special needs visitors of all ages the opportunity to connect with nature in a unique, family-friendly setting.

Activities will be in the Capital One field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include hand-held animal encounters, live entertainment and a social services fair with community partners.

In addition to sensory friendly visits with live animals and a chance to tour Audubon Zoo, there will be dance performances by youth dancers from local churches, face painting by Joyful Jennie the Clown and an appearance by Boudreaux, the New Orleans Zephyrs' mascot.

Sponsors can purchase $3 admission tickets in advance and donate them to special needs individuals and their families. Discounted admission coupons also have been made available to social services agencies. For more information, email air@auduboninstitute.org.

The event is sponsored by Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Audubon Zoo is located at 6500 Magazine Street. Admission to the Zoo is $17.50 for adults, $12 for children 2-12 and $13 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge.

Capital One Stage Performances
11 a.m. Confront & Conquer Sensory Session
             Confront & Conquer LLC

11:30 a.m. Dancers Like David
                  Resurrection Baptist Church

11:45 a.m. Petite Praise
                  Resurrection Baptist Church

12 p.m. Franklin Avenue Kids Liturgical Dance Ministry
             Franklin Avenue Baptist Church

12:15 p.m. Anointed Feats
                  Resurrection Baptist Church

12:30 p.m. Abundant Life Tabernacle Latreou Dance Ensemble
                  Abundant Life Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church

1 p.m. Chosen Liturgical Dancers
           Household of Faith Family Worship Church


Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.