(New Orleans, La.) - Because the animals of Audubon Aquarium have been extra good this year, Ole St. Nick will be visiting twice! On Wednesday, December 17, Santa will suit up and scuba dive in the Great Maya Reef tunnel, and will return on Thursday, December 18 at 3 p.m. to hand deliver treats to the penguins.

"We've been preparing all month for these special holiday feedings," said Senior Aviculturist Darwin Long. "I've had a chat with Santa Claus and he can't wait to see how big our penguin chicks have grown. He's especially excited to dive in the 4,200 gallon Great Maya Reef tunnel and wave to all the boys and girls celebrating the holidays with Audubon Aquarium."
The holiday dive is at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the Great Maya Reef. The penguin feed/chat is on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3 p.m.


Surprise a loved one with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a penguin up close or dive in the Great Maya Reef. Audubon's Wild Encounters are perfect holiday gifts and tickets are still available this holiday season.
Out-of-town penguin enthusiasts can view the penguin chicks and their parents on the Penguin Cam at Animal Planet L!VE.

Follow @KohlThePenguin on Twitter to keep up-to-date on "anything and everything" penguin at Audubon Aquarium!

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attractions. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located at 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.