From the critter-filled swamps of Louisiana to the grasslands of Africa, you can explore some of the Earth's most intriguing ... More
From the critter-filled swamps of Louisiana to the grasslands of Africa, you can explore some of the Earth's most intriguing habitats and the creatures that dwell within them at this world-class zoo. Rated one of the top zoos in the United States, it features two rare white tigers as well as Komodo dragons. One of the newest exhibits, Jaguar Jungle, focuses on the people and animals of Central America, including the mysterious Mayan culture.
This zoo was very beautiful. Yes the food and drink pricing vs the quality left something to be desired, but considering the price of admission, it was worth it overall. I have been many times before but after some of the other posts, I wanted to say that if you go during the hottest times of year, the animals will be dirty and listless. Animals use mud to cool themselves in the summer months! And seriously, would you want to try and bathe a tiger? Have you ever tried to give a house cat a bath? Right. The best times to go are October through May. Summer is brutal in New Orleans, find an indoor activity and you will enjoy yourself more. The heat makes everyone, including the animals, very cranky.
Being from Atlanta, I figured this zoo would be similar to ours - and maybe not quite as nice. Boy was I wrong! The huge live oaks not only provide shade in the heat but really lend to the atmosphere. We all loved the park-like setting. It was not the most extensive zoo we've ever seen, but definitely one of the most pleasant. And my kids loved the free roaming peacocks!
I visited 2 days after the prior posting that raved about the zoo. We must have gone to zoos in different time dimensions. The seals and elephants were not even there when I visited and there were no lion or tiger feedings. Most of the animals were dirty, disheveled and listless. They mostly looked as if the were dead and stuffed. It was more of a museum than a zoo. If you insist on visiting, then do so when the weather is cool and comfortable like in October. Then by all means bring your picnic basket and beverages because the prices are very high ($3 for bottled water) and the food is the worst I've encountered, even worse than highschool ballpark fare.
I love the zoo. In Louisiana, if you make good grades you get free passes for the zoo for yourself and a guardian, boy did I take advantage of that! Everything about the zoo is great! I love the animals and the trees and the shop! I can say I've been there at least 25 times since i was 5 (now 20) and I never get tired of it!
You will NOT be disappointed.
I love packing a lunch in an ice chest and taking a break for lunch and going have a picnic in the park outside of the zoo.
I have many stuffed animals and such from the zoo. Your kids will LOVE it.
Make sure you get to se the sea lions and elephants perform. And try to catch the lions or tigers being fed! Also, the "Discovery Walk" they have is really cool. You can see native turtles, frogs, snakes, etc up close. And you can pet them At the end of the walk is a petting zoo where you can walk around with goats and pet and brush them. I also love feeding the turtles!
Another great thing is that for a reasonable price you can bundle zoo, aquarium, Imax and the new Insectarium all in one. Very fun way to spend a day!
I must admit after visiting the Baton Rouge zoo, by the way what a joke that was, I had little expectations of this New Orleans zoo. I've been to about 10 other zoos in major cities and I didn't think this zoo was gonna be as nice as some of the others. Boy was I WRONG. This place was really beautiful, the exhibits were amazing, and the animals were awesome. (Do believe the lion deserves a better exhibit though). My daughter LOVED it, and even my husband who didn't want to go at first, was really impressed and had a great time.Most of the food places and stands were actually opened which was convenient. I only wished they closed later till 6 or 7 cause we were definitely not ready to leave:( What a great experience and pleasant surprise that was!
I may just be saying this because I am a Lousisiana native, but I love the zoo! I love everything about it, and it is one of my favorite places to be. I love how it can feel homey, yet exotic to locals and tourist alike. People have complained about the humidity, but it is humid no matter where you go or what time it is in south Lousisiana. The conditions of the exhibits is not as bad as one reviewer put, not as all. I've been to the Audubon zoo too many times to count with both my hands, and I think that the conditions for the animals are great. If you want to have a good time in New Orleans, the Audubon Zoo is good for anyone of any age.
The Audubon Zoo is one of the top rated zoos in the country and now I definitely know why. Every part of the zoo is unique and interesting. It's fairly large but you can still see everything in one day. There is a part of the zoo called the Discovery Walk where people can touch all sorts of animals, and there are a lot of rare and endangered species in the zoo. The swamp area of the zoo is obviously one of a kind and authentic Louisiana. All of the exhibits are very well kept and suit the natural enviroment of the animal. The animals never look bored because they have a lot of enrichment and things to play with. I go to the zoo as often as I can because it is just awesome!
We love going to the audubon zoo. The atomosphere is always great for families. There animals all look very healthy, happy, and well maintained. I have taken my family several times and each time we enjoy it. There is also great deals if you do the Zoo & Aquarium together.
i dont ever want to go to that place again because it was really messy. the habitats for the animals were dirty and looked like it was never cleaned. the air is too humid, and restaurants smell like old baby diapers!!! it was nasty. and not only that...there was nothing to do if you went like at 10:00 am becasue the shows start at 3 and you will die in that sun!!! and also when we went to see all the habitats and animals their cages were way too small!! what kind of life is that. the snakes didnt have enough room to do anything, only to slither a couple of places, and the jaguars had the smallest places of all!! one cage was the size of a porta potty!!! and all the animals got only fed two times a day. and their water was filthy!!i dont recommend this place to anyone!!! they shouldnt get credit for their nonsense cheap work!!!
This zoo is not bad, not a huge zoo with big selection, but with that pricing, not bad at all.. One thing though, the zoo is closed at 5PM, which is pretty early, especially with the hot weather in New Orleans in summer, it would be nice if they open later, so people can enjoy the cooler weather.