Audubon Nature Institute

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White-faced saki monkeys are shy by nature and extremely quick, leaping between branches in a manner that has earned them the nickname "flying monkeys.” #FunFactFriday #AudubonZoo #TGIF

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Audubon Nature Institute teamed up with Drew Brees and his family to open a new inclusive playground in #AudubonPark! The playground offers play features for children of all abilities, including those with mobility and sensory challenges. The playground is the first of its kind in New Orleans!

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Make your list and check it twice with unique gifts that give back! When you give a gift from Audubon Nature Institute, your purchase supports our animals and conservation efforts. Check out the Backstage Penguin Pass for a memory you won't forget! See link in bio. #HolidayGiftIdeas #AudubonAquarium #Penguin #SavingSpecies

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Santa✔️ Pupa Noel ✅ Buggy Holiday Treats ✔️ Caricatures & Face Painting ✅✔️ Visit #AudubonInsectarium today for all the Jingle Bugs excitement until 4:30pm!

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When you finally make it to the end of the work week… #FridayFeeling #RiverOtter #AudubonZoo #TGIF

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Every African painted dog has its own coat pattern, as unique as human fingerprints! #WednesdayWisdom #AfricanPaintedDog #AudubonZoo #Playtime

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#DYK Native to the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central and South America, the ocelot was nearly driven to extinction in the 20th Century by hunters who saw great profit in its lustrous fur coat. With regulatory measures now in place, the ocelot has recovered and is no longer considered endangered. Zoo visitors can see Milagre and Joaquin our two ocelots in their Jaguar Jungle home located on the hill directly across from the spider monkey habitat. #Ocelot #AudubonZoo #MotivationalMonday

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When ball is life and you have that #FridayFeeling! 🏀 ft. Ruby the Sea Otter #AudubonAquarium #TGIF #SeaOtter

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Jungle Bells is this Saturday, December 2 at Audubon Zoo! Audubon mascot Otteaux the Otter has been working very hard on his ugly sweater for the contest! This event features an ugly sweater contest, visit by Santa, a second-line parade, refreshments & complimentary mementos. Get your tickets before it's too late! See ticket link in bio. #JungleBells #AudubonZoo #AudubonTeaRoom #HolidayParty #FollowYourJoy #NOLAWinters #VisitNewOrleans #NOLA

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Check out Mr. Miyagi, Audubon Zoo’s Eurasian eagle-owl, flight training in the @mbsuperdome! #AnimalAmbassador #Owl #AudubonZoo #WhoooDat

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It’s the perfect time of the year to explore all that Audubon Louisiana Nature Center has to offer! With over 3 miles of walking trails, open daily, you never know what you may encounter! #AudubonNatureCenter #MondayMotivation #NolaEast

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Hercules, Hercules, Hercules! Hercules beetles are one of the strongest insects in the world. #DYK they're also the longest beetles in the world in terms of total length, at over six inches? They can be found in Central and South America, as well as at #AudubonInsectarium! #HerculesBeetle #TGIF

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All @auduboninstitute attractions are closed tomorrow, but they will be open Friday, November 24. Here's to hoping that your guests have better table manners tomorrow than our Aldabra tortoises! #HappyThanksgiving #WednesdayWisdom #NOLA

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#DYK that penguins' black and white coloring acts as a camouflage? Predators in the water looking up at a penguin will see white, which blends in with the sky, while predators looking down will see black, which blends in with the ocean floor. #Penguin #MondayMotivation #AudubonAquarium

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Twelve endangered whooping cranes were released into the wild thanks to a new conservation partnership between @auduboninstitute, @chevron & @wlfla. This partnership aims to save the species from extinction! See link in bio for more information. #SavingSpecies #WhoopingCranes #Conservation

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Audubon Zoo welcomes two sleek, eye-catching new additions: a pair of Brazilian ocelots! Visitors can see Milagre and Joaquin in their new Jaguar Jungle home located on the hill directly across from the spider monkey habitat at the Zoo! See link in bio for more information. #AudubonZoo #Ocelots #SavingSpecies

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Happy #OrangutanCaringWeek from Audubon Nature Institute! Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild and the next step for them is extinction. Make sure to choose wisely when purchasing products that contain palm oil. Palm oil farming is one of the biggest threats to orangutans in the wild. You can help orangutans by checking product labels and supporting sustainable companies! #Orangutans #AudubonZoo #MondayMotivation

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Today, meet a mermaid at #AudubonAquarium! The Mermaids of @weekiwacheesprings are swimming in the Maya Tunnel! #SundayFunday #Mermaids #NOLA

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Floating into the weekend like… ft. moon jellyfish #FridayFeeling #AudubonAquairum #Jellyfish

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How do you tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? The major difference between the two is that tortoises dwell on land, while turtles live in the water some or nearly all of the time. #WednesdayWisdom #AldabraTortoise #SnackTime #AudubonZoo

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#ApeUpdate: Audubon Zoo’s gorilla troop is growing! We are awaiting the arrival of a new silverback gorilla in December. This is the latest move in a months-long process designed to establish a new gorilla group that will help ensure the survival of this critically endangered species. Check out the link in our bio for the full story! #SavingSpecies #Gorilla #AudubonZoo

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Meet Jake and Finn #AudubonZoo’s ferrets which are descendants of European polecats! They are 3 years old and part of our #AnimalAmbassador program at the Zoo. #FerretFriday #TGIF

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#ApeUpdate: Our two female lowland gorillas have settled in very well together. It’s been a full week now that they’ve been introduced and we couldn’t be happier for them! Tumani is following Praline around everywhere she goes and they have quickly became comfortable sleeping close to each other in the evenings. This is really positive behavior that is leading to a strong bond between these two animals. We are over the moon excited for the both of them! If you are just tuning in, check out the link in our bio for the full story! #SavingSpecies #Gorilla #AudubonZoo

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Halloween can’t come soon enough for our sea otters, Clara and Ruby! They did some early trick-or-treating behind-the-scenes with their favorite ice treat enrichment. #SeaOtter #AudubonAquarium #Halloween #MondayMotivation

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#DYK paddlefish swim with their mouth open, indiscriminately filtering the water? Their gill arches have filaments on them called gill rakers that sieve the zooplankton organisms from the water. #Paddlefish #FunFactFriday #AudubonAquarium

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As you can see, our flock of parakeets at the Aquarium are in the spooky spirit. They are thoroughly enjoying their special pumpkin enrichment! #Parakeets #AudubonAquarium

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#DYK eland are the world’s largest antelope? They attract attention with their distinctly non-antilopine appearance. They stand between 4-6 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh between 850-1500 pounds! Eland can sustain a speed of 20 miles per hour for several miles. See them for yourself in the African Savanna at #AudubonZoo. #Eland #MondayMotivation

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During one of Aardvark Leia’s daily walks her care team made a pit stop by the orangutan habitat. Animals are always coming across different species in the wild requiring them to utilize a lot of their natural instincts to determine whether that animal is a threat or not. The #AnimalAmbassador team tries to provide similar opportunities to the animals here at the Zoo! Feliz, our female orangutan, was very interested in studying Leia! This encounter proved to be a great enrichment opportunity for both species! #BFFs #Aardvark #Orangutan #AudubonZoo #FridayFeeling

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Beren, Hubble and Aster are our domestic rats at the Zoo! These three turned two on October 16 and they are a great asset to our #AnimalAmbassador collection! Rats allow us to cover a variety of conservation topics, like the importance of a balanced ecosystem. Rats are very smart and these three are currently being trained on scent discrimination! #DYK that there are rats in Africa that are trained to sniff out mines? They are called Hero Rats! Due to their lightweight, rats can detect mines without setting them off! #RatFacts #AudubonZoo

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PUPDATE: Willie is the second smallest pup. She has the best smile and a gorgeous blonde coat, just like her mama! She has a laid-back personality - she’s always up to play, but is more likely to join an existing game than start the party on her own. Visit all 10 African painted dog pups on your next visit to #AudubonZoo! #AfricanPaintedDog #SavingSpecies

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