The Audubon Aquarium Turns 30

As the aquarium itself puts it they are celebrating their 30th “Aquaversary” this year. The aquarium will make this a year-long celebration. To celebrate they are asking residents and visitors to New Orleans to come visit in 2020.

Along with the ticket giveaways, animal enrichment activities and scavenger hunts, they are also asking the public to find opportunities to help protect nature. Simple tasks such as using reusable coffee cups, reusable shopping bags, a reusable water bottle and refusing plastic straws when purchasing a drink are many ways to help preserve our natural world.

“The Aquarium has meant so much to the people and visitors of the city for the past 30 years, and now we are asking the public to look ahead to the next 30 years and see how they can take action to help make an impact in their everyday lives to make our natural world a better place,” says Vice President and Managing Director of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Rich Toth.

has welcomed close to 30 million visitors since its opening on September 1, 1990. In fact, its inaugural day broke records for any U.S. aquarium’s opening day. It has expanded its exhibits and now includes a 4,200-square-foot Great Maya Reef and the Entergy Giant Screen Theater. The Spring of 2020 will welcome an additional habitat called Shark Discovery where patrons can touch sharks and rays.

The dream of opening the aquatic wildlife center began in 1984. The Audubon Nature Institute decided to build the aquarium where the old Bienville Street wharves were located. In 1987, The Bienville Group started demolition of the wharves and began the design of ” the Aquarium’s signature wave-like shape and glimmering partial glass facade.”

The aquarium is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums which focuses on saving endangered species and helping keep our natural environment flourishing. The goal of the Audubon Aquarium is to help with the conservation efforts for endangered species. The aquarium has rescued five California sea otters and two of these, Ruby and Clara, currently reside there. There have been 54 penguin chicks hatched at the aquarium and nine of the chick call it their permanent home. Fifteen penguins have been sent from the Audubon Aquarium to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium for their new penguin habitat.

The aquarium is just one of the flagships of the Audubon Nature Institute. The others include the Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Through these parks research facilities and museums, wildlife is preserved.

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