Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Zoo Nominated for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
- Alligator TrainingAlligator training photographed Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Trainers work with “Tchompatoulas”, an adult white alligator, on target training. If the alligator correctly executes the movements they have been trained to do, they receive a reward of food. The white coloring of the gator is a result of leucism, a genetic abnormality similar to albinism.
- Orangutan Infant
- Sea otter
- JellyfishJellyfish photographed at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on November 2, 2017.
Audubon Nature Institute has been nominated in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest for the fifth year in row! Their expert panel selected Audubon Aquarium of the Americas as a contender for Best Aquarium and Audubon Zoo for Best Zoo in the competition. The contest, which USA TODAY launched today, April 26, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/. A person can vote once a day in each category for the duration of the contest.
Voting ends Monday, May 24, 2021, at 10:59 a.m. Central Standard Time, and the winners will be announced on the 10Best website on Friday, June 4, 2021, then later on the USA TODAY website. For official rules, click HERE.
“We are beyond grateful to be nominated the fifth year in a row, for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for best zoo and aquarium,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We would not be where we are today without the continuous support of our community. We are committed to engaging and educating guests about the wonders of nature, and we believe that each person has the power to impact the natural world for the better.”
Last year, Audubon Aquarium ranked third and the Zoo ranked sixth among 20 nominees "hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts" and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Note from USA TODAY 10Best:
"Someday, we'll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we'll keep supporting the places that inspire us."
"Aquariums put us face to fin with aquatic life from the world's oceans, lakes and waterways in a fun and educational setting. The best aquariums also play a vital role in animal conservation by taking part in rescue efforts and advocating for the environmental health of our oceans."
"North America is home to hundreds of zoological parks, including more than 200 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Short of heading out into the world's wild places, nothing beats a visit to the zoo to foster an appreciation for the striking animal diversity of our planet. We asked a panel of travel experts to nominate their favorite North American AZA-accredited zoos – facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment, while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors."
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.