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Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium Nominated for 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

(New Orleans, La.) - Audubon Nature Institute has been nominated in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest for the seventh year in row. An expert panel of travel professionals made the selections for contenders in this contest.  Audubon Aquarium was nominated for Best Aquarium and Audubon Zoo for Best Zoo in the competition. Voting is now underway and lasts for four weeks to give people time to cast their votes for their favorite Zoo and Aquarium. 

Voting is easy to do and people can vote once a day to show their support for Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Zoo. The voting ends March 6, 2023.

“These nominations are tremendous honors for Audubon and we are extremely proud to be included among the best in the nation,” said Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO. “Audubon Aquarium is undergoing a major transformation which will make the entire experience more engaging when it reopens this summer. Audubon Zoo is preparing to introduce guests to ‘Wings of the World’ – an immersive exhibit featuring beautiful and unusual birds in a historic zoo building. We will continue engaging our guests in learning about the wonders of nature and are grateful for the support from our community.”   

Last year, both Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium ranked sixth among the 20 nominees selected for the competition by a panel of zoo and family travel experts by USA Today. All of the nominees are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Winners will be announced on the 10Best website on Friday, March 17, 2023, then later on the USA TODAY website. For information about the contest,

Note from USA TODAY 10Best:  

"Aquariums reveal the hidden wonders of the world's oceans, lakes and waterways in fun, exploratory settings. The best aquariums also play a vital role in animal conservation by participating in rescue efforts and marine advocacy. These 20 aquariums, nominated by a panel of 10Best experts, represent the best in the country for their high-quality exhibits and visitor interactions.” 

"Whether you're looking for an educational way to entertain the kids or a unique date idea, visiting a local zoo is a great idea. To help us find the country's best zoo, we invited a panel of travel experts and industry professionals to nominate facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors.”