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Join everyone at #AudubonAquarium in wishing Ruby a happy one year anniversary! Ruby, a Southern Sea Otter, came to the Aquarium from California on the night of March 8th, 2017, and has helped teach visitors from all over the world about this endangered marine mammal. The sea otter care staff has cherished being able to support Ruby’s growth and assist her in reaching these milestones during the first year. They are very excited about the many memories in store! Staff and guests began celebrating yesterday, and you can join us at Audubon Aquarium this weekend to continue the festivities! Happy one year anniversary Ruby!
Nothing like a little interspecies enrichment! Menari the orangutan, met Carlos the bunny up close. According to Menari's care staff, she didn't seem to blink, unable to take her eyes off of Carlos! This was a great enrichment opportunity for both species. #Orangutan #Bunny #AudubonZoo #WednesdayWisdom
Thanks for voting! Our male reticulated giraffe calf, born on January 9, at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center on the West Bank of New Orleans will be named T’Challa!
Would you like to meet T’Challa and the rest of the herd at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in person? Here's your chance! Earth Fest at Audubon Zoo on March 24 will host a special conservation contest in partnership with Jeans for Giraffes! Jeans for Giraffes raises funds through recycling donated jeans that are transported to a textile recycler, where denim is turned into insulation for homes and businesses. The recycling company pays for collected denim by the pound, and this money goes directly towards giraffe conservation and research projects! Bring at least a single pair or multiple pairs of jeans to the Zoo on March 24 to enter the contest! See link in bio for more information! #Giraffe #SavingSpecies #JeansforGiraffes #AudubonSpeciesSurvivalCenter
Meet Amy Rose, the Zoo's four-toed hedgehog! This is the smallest species of hedgehog that is native to Africa. They are primarily insectivores, so their diet consists mostly of bugs. Insectivores are an important part of the environment because they provide natural pest control! Amy Rose is fed a special dry food made for insect eating animals and in addition to that, she also receives a variety of insects to snack on! #Hedgehog #AudubonZoo #FridayFeeling
It's a baby boom! Audubon Nature Institute welcomes second giraffe birth of 2018 at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center! The partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy received a special Fat Tuesday king cake baby delivery, and this one had four legs. #SavingSpecies #Giraffe #AudubonSpeciesSurvivalCenter
Help name our baby giraffe! Our animal care staff has narrowed it down to two choices and they need your help! Born at Audubon Species Survival Center on January 9, the male reticulated giraffe calf is doing well and has joined the rest of the herd at the Survival Center, located on the West Bank of New Orleans.
The name choices are:
T’Challa - King of Wakanda in Marvel’s new Black Panther movie.
Zulu - Ethnic group of southern Africa and popular Mardi Gras krewe
Visit the link in our bio to cast your vote in our Facebook poll!
#SavingSpecies #Giraffe #AudubonSpeciesSurvivalCenter
Opossums are considered scavengers and will eat almost anything. They are very beneficial to the environment and have received the nickname “Nature’s Garbage Disposal.” They help to eliminate a number of small pests that most other animals won’t eat, including ticks and cockroaches! At Audubon Zoo, Lusa is fed an omnivore chow that is specially made to provide her the nutrients she needs. She is also provided a variety of fruits and vegetables. Lusa loves her fruit, but she does turn up her nose at squash and zucchini! #Opossum #AudubonZoo #FridayFeeling #FunFactFriday
Here are few tips from our southern screamers when hollering for beads:
1. Tilt your head back, ever so slightly
2. Make sure to stand up tall
3. Project your voice towards your recipient
4. Hollering with friends is always most successful
Good luck catching and happy #LundiGras! #AudubonZoo #OneTimeInNola #MardiGras
Audubon Nature Institute fans, it’s contest time! Read below for details!
In honor of New Orleans’ 300-year Anniversary we will be giving away a Family 4-Pack to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium, or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium! Here’s how to enter: - Take a picture with the NOLA300 sign in front of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - Post the picture on Facebook and “check in” at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas OR on Instagram and tag the location as Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - Use the hashtags #NOLA300 and #OneTimeAtAudubon
We will choose a winner on March 1st! Good luck and happy Tricentennial! *Participating and entering in this promotion is considered a complete release of Facebook and/or Instagram by each entrant. It is also an acknowledgement that this contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. *By entering you grant Audubon Nature Institute permission to reuse your photograph for social promotion.
Komodo dragons are the largest species of lizard in the world! Some males have been known to reach up to 10ft. in length, with the most averaging about 8-9ft. Females are typically smaller, only reaching about 6ft. Audubon Zoo's 13-year-old male, Raja, is a little over 7ft. long! #WednesdayWisdom #KomodoDragon #AudubonZoo
#DYK Every African painted dog has its own coat pattern? African painted dogs are strikingly beautiful, with blackish skin and short fur in patches of brown, yellow, red, black and white. The pattern is unique to each individual, although there is almost always white fur on the tip of the tail and dark fur on the head. #FunFactFriday #AfricanPaintedDog #AudubonZoo #FridayFeeling
Black is one of our six North American river otters. Like most of our mammals in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, he was orphaned here in Louisiana and hand raised at the Zoo. There are many terms that can be used for a group of river otters, such as family, lodge, or bevy, but romp is the most fitting since otters are known for their playful demeanor. Black is the alpha male of this romp of otters. He is the otter that investigates new enrichment items first and he will decide if a new otter will be allowed to join the romp! #RiverOtter #AudubonZoo #WednesdayWisdom
Typically, the first birth of any year is a big deal. For the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife conservation partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global the initial newborn of 2018 was really big! Six feet tall & 150 pounds to be exact! The Species Survival Center, which is closed to the public, provides animals with room to roam in large open areas. See link in bio for more info.
#SavingSpecies #MondayMotivation #Giraffe
Why do Rhinos wallow? Wallowing has a number of benefits! It cools the rhinos off on hot summer days, acts as a bug repellent, and is a natural sunblock. When the weather warms up you can catch our rhinos hanging out in the wallow at the front of the exhibit. #FridayFeeling #Rhino #AudubonZoo #TGIF #FunFactFriday
#DYK Sumatran orangutans are usually a bit lighter orange in color and have more facial hair than their Bornean orangutan counterparts? Bornean orangutans are usually much darker in color with less hair on their face. Visit Feliz and Menari our two Sumatran orangutans on your next visit to the Zoo! #WednesdayWisdom #AudubonZoo #Orangutan