New Orleans,
16:02 PM

NOPD Appreciation Day at Audubon Zoo

Audubon has heard from many members of our community that our participation in and cancellation of “Blue at the Zoo” has caused pain in our community and was unsupportive of the hardworking people of our police department who put their lives on the line to protect and serve this community. This was never our intention.

From day one we wanted this to be an opportunity to unite our community. In our effort to step back and reimagine the event, we failed to see the unintended message we were sending. We deeply regret and apologize for this.

Audubon and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation are organizing a new event that will show appreciation for our local police officers, promote positive engagement between children and police at the Zoo and link the missions of both organizations. We are currently working on final details and will update you as soon as the date is finalized. We are also working on long-term meaningful partnership opportunities between NOPD and Audubon.

Audubon is a place where the community comes together. We celebrate weddings together, spend time with family and friends, and, most importantly, celebrate the wonders of nature.

We are committed to working with all members of our community to promote our mission and encourage positive change that will improve our natural world.


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.