Louisiana Zoos and Aqauriums.
Alexandria Zoological Park. Alexandria Louisiana
The Alexandria Zoological Park was founded in 1926, encompasses 33 shady acres and is home to more than 600 animals. It is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, Louisiana. The award winning Louisiana Habitat Exhibit is the zoo’s newest addition, which opened in October 1998. This 3.5-acre exhibit features native Louisiana flora and fauna as well as examples of habitats and architecture found throughout the state. The Alexandria Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
The zoo is open 7 days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Adults 13-64 are $7.50,
children 4-12 are $5.50,
Senior 65 + $4.50,
Children ages 3 under free.
Visit there website for full details. www.thealexandriazoo.com/
Audubon Zoo and Aquarium. New Orleans, Louisiana
The Audubon Zoo is a zoo located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the Audubon Nature Institute which also manages the Aquarium of the Americas. The zoo covers 58 acres is home to over 2,000 animals. It is located in a section of Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans, on the Mississippi River. The zoo and park are named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821.
Some of the Zoo exhibits include gorillas, orangutans, and the Louisiana swamp exhibit. It is also home to one rare white tiger and two rare white alligators with blue eyes. As its name implies, the aquarium specializes in aquatic life of the Americas. The exhibits feature regions throughout North and South America. With 10,000 animals representing 530 species, noteworthy exhibits include:
The Caribbean reef exhibit a clear, 30-foot long tunnel surrounded by a 132,000 US gallons tank of exemplary sea life such as the tarpon and angelfish.
The Amazon exhibit, encased in a glass cylinder is effectively a climate-controlled greenhouse that is a prominent feature of the riverfront and includes macaws, piranhas, and anacondas. Freshwater stingrays, and other specimens from the area basin.
Mississippi River gallery, featuring catfish, paddlefish, owls and a leucistic white alligator, and the Gulf of Mexico exhibit, featuring a 400,000 gallon 17-foot tall tank of sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays.
The aquarium also has an IMAX theater, and exhibits for sea otters and African penguins
Audubon Zoo General Admission
Adult: $22.95 (plus sales tax)
Child (2-12) $17.95 (plus sales tax):
Senior (65+) $19.95 (plus sales tax)
Free for Audubon Members
Zoo and Aquarium Combo
$39.95 Adult Admission
$29.95 Child (2 -12) Admission
$32.95 Senior (65+) Admission
7 days a week. Audubon Zoo Hours
Mon – Fri | 10am – 5pm
Sat & Sun | 10am – 6pm
Visit there website here for full details www.auduboninstitute.org/aoa
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, Baker Louisiana
Construction began in 1966 and BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo first opened to the public on Easter Sunday, 1970. The residents of East Baton Rouge fully embraced the concept of the new Zoo, and a sense of ownership was instilled in the community, aided by the urging of television personality Buckskin Bill. The words of Buckskin Bill, “Baton Rouge needs a Zoo” at the end of his television program rallied the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Zoo is a place where people connect with animals. Over the past forty years, the Zoo has grown to become the #1 year-round family attraction in Baton Rouge. With more than a quarter million guests each year, the Zoo attracts visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The Zoo is a favorite place for families and groups to discover the animal kingdom.
Admissions gate open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily
Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.
Adults/Teens: $8.75 + tax
Seniors: $7.75 + tax
Children ages 2-12: $5.75 + tax
Children 1 & under: Free
Visit there website here for full details www.brzoo.org
Zoo of Acadiana.
The Zoo of Acadiana opened its doors to visitors in the town of Broussard, Louisiana in April of 1992. Exactly ten years later, in May of 2002, the Zoo was purchased by George and Marleen Oldenburg.
George and Marleen have been life-long animal lovers, enjoying a full house of three sons – Matthew, Michael, and Mitchell, two dogs, three cats, two horses, and a fish tank of gold fish and that was before the “Zoo-life!”
When the opportunity to purchase the Zoo and, therefore, take a very active part in wild life conservation presented itself, George and Marleen could not pass it up! In addition to their house pets, George and Marleen now have over five hundred wild and exotic animals to keep up with – everything from Alligators to Zebras!
The Zoo of Acadiana is nestled on forty five acres of rolling landscape with a very natural setting and environment. Visitors are glad to see that our animals seem happy and content in their habitats and are not pacing and agitated. The Zoo’s grounds are stocked with a “wild and crazy” Zoovenir Gift Shop, a convenient Critter Cafe’ Concession Stand, the Jungle Junction Train Depot, and George’s Jungle Room!
“The Zoo of Acadiana makes for a perfect family outing with its friendly atmosphere and beautiful animals”
$11.25 for adults (ages 13 to 54)
$7.50 for children (ages 3 to 12)
$10.25 for senior citizens (ages 55+)
Free for children ages 2 and under
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week, all year long*
January to November:
9am to 5pm
9am to 4pm
Visit there website here for full details www.zooofacadiana.org