Aquarium Fact: There is no snow in the penguin exhibit at Audubon
Aquarium of the Americas! Don't be surprised...there are 17 species of
penguin in the world and just two of them live in the Antarctic. Want
to learn more about these amazing creatures? Visit the Aquarium!
Highlights of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas:
Adventure Island -
action-packed interactive play zone
FROGS! - features milk
frogs, poison dart frogs and other favorite amphibians
Penguins - features two
species of warm-water penguins: African black-footed penguins and
Sea Otters - SEA OTTER
Horses and Dragons from
the Sea - seahorse encounters with incredible creatures like the
White Alligator - 18
rare white alligators found in a Louisiana swamp in 1987
Caribbean Reef -
Discover the creatures of North and South America's underwater!
An exhibit designed for fun and exploration, Adventure Island is an
action-packed interactive play zone designed to give everyone from the
small fry to the captain" a day of fun and learning. Admission to
Adventure Island is free with paid Aquarium admission.
This new adventure offers exhibits to crawl on, climb in, sit on and
touch. The highlight of the exhibit is a 2,600-gallon pool where visitors
can touch the cownose rays. You can also help feed them during their
feeding times at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm! To feed the stingrays, you must
purchase a stingray feeding token at the treasure chest gift shop in front
of the Adventure Island exhibit. Tokens are one per person and are limited
to 15 tokens per feeding. Tokens are $2 each
An new exhibit based on an old favorite. FROGS "Beyond Green" has a
new home at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas! Located on the second floor
near the Sea Otters this popular exhibit features milk frogs, poison dart
frogs and other favorite amphibians in brand-new habitats made beautiful
with orchids and exotic plants. Lots of interactive fun, too!
The penguin colony at the Aquarium features two species of warm-water
penguins: African black-footed penguins and Rockhopper penguins. Don't be
surprised that there is no snow in their habitat. There are 17 species of
penguin in the world and just two of them live in the Antarctic. African
black-footed penguins are the most numerous penguins in the exhibit and
many of the birds were born there! The Rockhopper penguins in the exhibit
have orange feet and bright yellow tufts of feathers above their eyes.
PENGUIN FEEDINGS: 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily!
The entire penguin colony survived Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and
was evacuated to Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. On May 22, 2006 they
returned home with the sea otters safe on the wings of FedEx to Audubon
Aquarium of the Americas.
The Aquarium is home to two Southern sea otters, Buck and Emma. The
Southern Sea Otter is most commonly found in waters of the North Pacific
or central California - a perfect habitat for these animals who like to
spend most of their day playing in the kelp forests. These two sea otters
came from Monterey Bay Aquarium in California when they became unable to
live on their own in the wild. SEA OTTER FEEDINGS: 2:00 p.m. daily!
Horses and Dragons from the Sea
The Aquarium's seahorse gallery offers interesting facts and seahorse
encounters with incredible creatures like the seadragons whose flowing
appendages conjure thoughts of mystical sea monsters. There are only 32
known species of seahorses and they live in some of the world's most
threatened habitats - as their habitats decline, so do their populations.
The Aquarium's husbandry is working to ensure the survival of these
amazing animals through its own breeding programs, and cooperation with an
international conservation team called Project Seahorse.
One of the most unusual residents of the Aquarium lives in the
Mississippi River Gallery, "Spots" the white alligator. One of just 18
rare white alligators found in a Louisiana swamp in 1987, Spots is white
but he is not albino. He is LEUCISTIC; a gene mutation gives him his white
color and steely blue eyes.
Spots and his siblings (all male, by the way) probably wouldn't have lived
long in he wild since their white coloring wouldn't camouflage them from
other animals anxious to dine on the tiny hatchings. As goodwill
ambassadors from Louisiana, Spots and his brothers are celebrities the
Discover the creatures of North and South America's underwater! Enter
the Caribbean Reef through the Aquarium's 30-foot-long aquatic tunnel
where you will lurk with creatures of all shapes and sizes, surrounded by
132,000 gallons of water!