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Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo benefitting Audubon Zoo and Children’s Hospital New Orleans Returns


Celebrate Halloween in a safe, family-friendly environment at Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo benefitting Audubon Zoo and Children's Hospital New Orleans. This family-favorite Halloween tradition returns as a daytime celebration providing families with a social distancing friendly experience. 

Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will be held Wednesday, October 20, through Sunday, October 24, during regular Zoo hours--10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This daytime celebration will provide fun for the whole family and some of the Zoo’s animals too, ensuring that guests create spooktacular memories. Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo guests are invited to wear their favorite costume as they partake in the festivities, including trick-or-treat stations located throughout the Zoo on Saturday and Sunday. 

“We are proud to continue our tradition of providing the community with a safe environment to celebrate Halloween thanks to our long-time partner Children’s Hospital New Orleans,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “Through events like Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo, we strive to spark connections between our guests and nature. Together, we can do a world of good for nature.” 

Families can join the fun at the Zoo and help save species from home by building their own backyard bat house. Bats are an important part of a functioning ecosystem, especially for pollination and insect control. Creating a bat-friendly place in a backyard supports the essential role bats have in the environment. Families can download the project from here and share their photos on social media using the hashtag #SaveNightPuppies. 

Habitat destruction due to unsustainable cutting of forests for palm oil is threatening health and the survival of wildlife. Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will only distribute candy made from sustainable palm oil. Audubon is committed to making positive impacts on the natural world. 

Contributions from Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will benefit Audubon Zoo and Children’s Hospital New Orleans and their shared mission to improve the quality of life for children and families in the New Orleans area and build a brighter future for the community. 

“Children’s Hospital New Orleans is proud to partner with Audubon to present the 2021 Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo,” said President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans John R. Nickens IV. “As a beloved New Orleans tradition that benefits both Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo, we’re looking forward to a spooky and fun experience, that is safe and enjoyable for the whole family.” 

Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo activities have been adjusted to meet all State of Louisiana COVID safety guidelines. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test is not required to visit Audubon Zoo. Per City and State mandates, however, proof of vaccination or a negative 72-hour PCR COVID-19 test and masks are required to enter any indoor facilities at the Zoo. Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo is complimentary for Audubon Members and included in general Zoo admission as Halloween lagniappe. There is no additional ticket or fee for this experience. All guests must purchase tickets in advance online for a specific date and entry time; Audubon Members must reserve their complimentary tickets online in advance as well. Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will be held rain or shine. 

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.