May 17, 2016
Contact: Katie Smith
Office 504-378-2693
Cell 504-278-0542

Learn about the fascinating animals that fly after dark
Wild Nights - Insect Adventure is Buzzing at
Audubon Wilderness Park




(New Orleans, La.) - Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is excited to offer Wild Nights - Insect Adventure, a seasonal Wild Encounter that provides an opportunity for close-up observation of the truly amazing diversity of arthropods at Audubon Wilderness Park located located within Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center on the West Bank of New Orleans.

"With a wealth of knowledge about local insects, our staff and a small number of guests each evening will get a rare chance to marvel at magnificent moths and get bedazzled by beautiful beetles," said Zack Lemann, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium's Animal and Visitor Programs Manager. "We very excited to offer this special opportunity to get up-close with the bugs that buzz after dark!"

During the experience, Audubon entomology staff will set up special lights after sunset and observe insects that are attracted to the area. Guests will learn about insect natural history and how the entomology staff collects many of the animals for exhibits at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

When not observing what flies into the lights, staff and guests will walk a wooded trail and experience the sounds of the night as well as the insects, spiders, and other wildlife in a rich and enchanting patch of bottomland hardwood forest.






Wild Nights - Insect Adventure is offered the following dates:
Friday, May 27
Friday, June 10
Friday, June 24
Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15
Saturday, August 6
Friday, August 26

The evening program runs from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. and includes a sandwich dinner. Participants will also receive a "field kit" containing a collection of vials, a headlamp, a magnifying glass, moth-collecting envelopes, and a souvenir water bottle.

The experience is limited to ages 8 and older and can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests per night. Each adult can accompany up to 3 children.

Tickets for "Wild Nights - Insect Adventure" are $115 per person for Audubon members and $125 per person for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting




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 Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.