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Audubon Nature Institute Launches Virtual Community Connection Series

While Audubon Nature Institute’s public attractions are closed due to City and State safety recommendations surrounding the coronavirus, Audubon is expanding its current Community Connect programming to provide a virtual connection to its attractions through social media for families online. The series kicks off today with a Facebook Live at 2:30pm at Audubon Zoo featuring an animal enrichment activity with the male lion, Arnold. 

Sharing the natural world with a diverse audience is at the core of Audubon’s mission, and that is what this series plans to accomplish. Audubon wants to continue to inspire the next generation of conservation heroes by expanding the horizons of how zoos and aquariums interact with and inspire their communities during these trying times.   

"Audubon's mission is to connect our community to the natural world, and we are committed to continuing our important work protecting wildlife," says Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We hope by sharing stories and activities from our dedicated animal care team and educators, we can spark action and bring joy, smiles, and a little stress relief to families during this challenging time." 

This series designed to engage Audubon’s supporters and boost their spirits while at home will officially launch on March 19 and will consist of daily activities posted across Audubon’s social media platforms including:  

  • Keeper takeovers 

  • Interactive videos 

  • Virtual visits to our attractions 

  • Online Quizzes  

  • And more! 

Make sure to follow Audubon across these social media platforms: 


@Audubon Nature Institute 

@Audubon Zoo 

@Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 

@Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 

@Audubon Louisiana Nature Center 





The public can support the animals and parks in our care as Audubon staff work to sustain core operations and ensure the long-term viability of the organization by joining our recovery effort. During this temporary closure, please check Audubon’s social media channels for regular updates, photos, and videos.  

Audubon Nature Institute

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.