Escape Extinction: Sharks Opens at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Welcome to SS Audubon! Can you save sharks from extinction?
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas announces an exciting addition open June 12, “Escape Extinction: Sharks” is an all-ages, family-friendly new interactive experience presented by Escape My Room. The mission is to save sharks from going extinct.
A group of up to 10 will be greeted by staff briefed on the mission and helped throughout the experience. Everyone will complete the mission but will be challenged along the way and receive a rank based on performance. Guests are encouraged to continue to visit and see if they can receive a higher rank each time.
“We’re super excited about Escape Extinction: Sharks,” says Andrew Preble Founder of My Escape Room.
“Working with Audubon in coming up with this attraction has been a really great experience because the whole mission of this is to make people care about conservation and teach people about sharks and to help them realize what sharks are doing for us and what we can do to help them,” says Preble.
The journey begins at the dock of the sleepy fishing community of Port de la Porte to board the SS Audubon, an advanced research vessel operated by H.A.R.T. (Human Animal Rescue Team). Guided by a captain, guests will experience different interactive areas filled with games and puzzles. Guests will need to save the sharks, and board the escape pod to complete the mission. As the pod returns, guests will learn how to save sharks in their everyday lives. The mission will take about an hour, but guests can leave at any time through specially marked exit doors.
The mission is designed to be challenging and fun for all ages. Each individual or group may have a different experience based on collective skill level. Children under 12 require adult supervision. The experience can accommodate a group of 10 every 15 minutes. For groups larger than 10, it is recommended to split into multiple groups.
“As an educator, this is really important to me because I know educators and Aquarium staff can’t just stand in front of guests and give information about sharks. This is a new take on an escape room and what it does is it lets families come inside, learn about sharks, play puzzles and games. I can’t think of a better way to learn about shark conservation,” Says Brenda Walkenhorst, Director of Education Projects Audubon Nature Institute.
Escape Extinction is located in the lobby of the Giant Screen Theater, guests do not need to purchase a ticket to the Aquarium to participate.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticketing booth in the lobby of the Giant Screen Theater. Non-members two and up $23.95, members two and up $19.95. Combination, Aquarium and Escape Extinction tickets are available, adult $49.95, children $41.95 and Seniors $44.95.
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.