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The people and animals of Audubon Zoo have missed you! We are thrilled to welcome you back to the Zoo as part of Audubon Nature Institute’s phased reopening. On this page, you’ll find some information you’ll need to know for your upcoming Zoo visit.

Your Zoo visit will be a little different than in the past--all guests will follow a one-way trail through almost all of the Zoo to see many of their favorite animals and wildlife habitats. The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals is our top priority—you can read more below about the steps we’re taking to keep you safe. 


Attendance is capped each day and staggered by 30-minute increments to limit the total number of guests in the Zoo at one time and provide ample room for social distancing. 

All Zoo staff working in the park are required to wear masks, and all Zoo staff will have their temperatures checked before coming on grounds before their shift. 

Free hand sanitizer stations are positioned throughout the Zoo. 

Zoo staff are continuously cleaning high-touch surfaces like credit card machines, tables, chairs, and more. 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Audubon Zoo, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. 

For the safety of your fellow guests and Audubon's staff and animals, all guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks while on Audubon property, and masks are available for purchase in the Zoo.

The Zoo will have visual reminders and staff members placed to ensure guests are maintaining a safe social distance along the pathway. 

Guests will not have access to high-touch attractions/areas of the Zoo. All Zoo animal interaction areas, attractions, playgrounds, water fountains, and misters will be closed. 

Learn More About Our Reopening Plans

All indoor animal exhibit buildings such as the Reptile Encounter and "Criaturas de la Noche Nocturnal House" will be closed. Cypress Knee Café and the indoor dining area of Zoofari Café will be closed, however, a limited menu of food and beverages will be available for purchase outside of Zoofari Café, and outdoor seating will be available. 

If a guest feels sick before their reservation, we ask that they not visit the Zoo and contact us at AIR@AudubonInstitute.org to help reschedule their visit


A key part of our plan to safely reopen in compliance with State, City, and CDC guidelines is shifting to timed, advance ticketing. All guests must purchase their tickets in advance online for a specific date and entry time; Audubon Members must reserve their complimentary tickets online in advance as well. Entry times are offered every 30 minutes, with the last entry at 3:30 p.m. There is a limit to how many tickets we can sell for each entry time and time slots may sell out, so we encourage you to get your tickets at least 24 hours in advance.


A huge thank you to Audubon’s Reopening Partner, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, for helping us reopen our doors for you! 

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