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A Special Evening for Audubon Members at Audubon Zoo

Wednesday, June 1, 2016




(New Orleans, La.) - The welcome mat will be rolled out for Audubon members at ZOObiliation, the annual membership appreciation event set for Wednesday, June 1, on the picturesque grounds of Audubon Zoo.

The members-only afternoon of family fun begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.

Audubon members enjoy exclusive access to the Zoo during this special event, which features live music, keeper chats, animal feedings, exhibit open houses and children's activities.

ZOObilation offers opportunities unavailable during regular hours, including 20-percent discounts on Zoo concessions and purchases at the Audubon Marketplace gift shop, animal hospital and elephant barn tours and a behind-the-scenes look at Jaguar Jungle.

Members will enjoy complimentary rides on the Swamp Train and the Carousel. And Audubon educators will be on hand at the ZOOmobile, Aqua Van, Bugmobile and Wetland Express.

"ZOObilation is our way of saying a special thank you to our loyal members,'' said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "Audubon Zoo looks forward to celebrating our member families by providing this exclusive opportunity to do and see things beyond the normal experience.''

Live entertainment on the Capital One Stage will be provided by Karma, Ray's Island Sounds in Cooper Plaza and Sir. Crazy Pants in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit.

There also will be appearances by entomologists from Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, animal encounters and face painting by Art From the Heart. Other activities include the A-MAZE-ING Maze, NOLA Games on Wheels and a plant sale by the Audubon Horticulture Department.

The Cool Zoo splash park and Gator Run lazy river attractions and Kamba Kourse ropes challenge will be open during ZOObilation. Admission to Cool Zoo and Gator Run is $10 for members. Tickets are $12 for Kamba Kourse and $6.40 for the Sky Tykes ropes course.

ZOObilation is open to anyone with a current membership. Zoo visitors can sign up to become a member on the day of the event.

Blankets, lawn chairs and wagons are welcome, but no outside food and beverage is allowed. Guest passes will not be honored for this event.

The Zoo will close at 3 p.m. on June 1 to prepare for ZOObilation.

Audubon Zoo is located 6500 Magazine St. for more information, visit




Audubon Nature Institute
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.