Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium are among the facilities temporarily closing to the public starting on Saturday, March 14 through at least March 28, Audubon Nature Institute announced.
Audubon Nature Institute says it’s closing admission facilities pending any further directive or guidance from the City or State, following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proclamation banning gatherings of 250 or more people.
Impacted facilities include Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Escape Extinction Sharks, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and the Interpretative Center and Planetarium at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center.
The Nature Center’s trails, Audubon Park and Riverview, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Audubon Park Clubhouse and Golf Course, and Audubon Tennis will remain open and operate as usual. Private events will only be hosted in the Audubon Tea Room and Audubon Clubhouse for parties under 250.
Audubon Nature Institute says there has been no evidence at this time that any employee, volunteer or visitor has the virus.
In addition to admission facilities, Audubon will postpone all Audubon-hosted events, including Education overnights, and Party for the Planet presented by Entergy: Spring Into Action to help protect the public’s health by implementing the state’s recommendations to limit community interactions.
The Music Under the Oaks concert series has also been cancelled.
Critical operations staff, including animal care staff, security and other selected employees, will continue working at facilities to provide vital care to animals and infrastructure, Audubon said in a release.
“Our community is known the world over for our resilience, and this challenge will be no exception,” says President and Chief Executive Officer of Audubon Nature Institute Ron Forman. “Creating connection is at the heart of our mission and we look forward to welcoming families back to our facilities as soon as possible.”
According to Audubon Nature Institute, all Audubon animals are healthy and will continue to get the dedicated and professional care, with a surplus of essential food and medical supplies available.
Animal care staff will prepare contingencies and proactively monitor the supply chain to assure essentials remain on hand, Audubon said.
General admission tickets purchased for entry March 14, 2020 through March 28, 2020 will be valid for a year from the purchase date of the ticket. Field trips scheduled during the closure are encouraged to reschedule but will also qualify for a refund. All overnights scheduled during this time will be rescheduled or refunded.
During this temporary closure, please check Audubon’s social media channels for regular updates, photos and videos.