Saturday, June 27, 2009

Audubon Zoo in New Orleans

DSC06459 orangutan eating lettuce

After going to the aquarium, my daughter and I watched the IMAX movie Wild Ocean 3D”. The movie followed the migration of billions of sardines up the eastern coast of South Africa. We donned our geeky glasses to experience dolphins and sharks swimming across our laps to chase the sardines that swarming around our heads in a massive shale formation. The movie was both entertaining and educational; we both highly recommend it.

Part of the package deal for the Audubon Aquarium and IMAX Theater are tickets for the Audubon Zoo and new Insectarium. We went uptown on St. Charles Avenue to Audubon Park.

DSC06418 New Orleans St Charles Streetcar

Like the parrots from the aquarium, the Greater Flamingo is another bird I’m capable of photographing; it doesn’t fly away.

DSC06445 greater flamingo Audubon Zoo
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

We arrived just in time for the elephant event. Looking back at these photos, it looked like these elephants were doing the hokey pokey.
You put your left foot in…

DSC06450 elephant Audubon Zoo

…and you shake it all about…

DSC06451 Audubon Zoo elephant

I used to think it was sad to see elephants doing tricks but these elephants looked very happy and healthy. I prefer to see them this way than languishing and depressed due to boredom. Great performance, Elephants, please take a bow!

It was a very hot and humid day, even by New Orleans standards, even for a white Bengal tiger:

DSC06457 White Bengal Tiger Audubon Zoo

Or a gorilla with African roots:

DSC06460 chimpanzee Audubon Zoo

This Tibetan Buddha looked cool in the shade:

DSC06458 Tibetan Buddha Audubon Zoo

But we couldn’t handle the heat any longer and we skedaddled out of there to try and find some ice cream. My daughter found a gelateria on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter through Yelp. La Divina offers many great flavors; my daughter had the creole cream cheese gelato and I had the blueberry basil sorbetto.

DSC06462 La Divina Gelato New Orleans

They were both super yummy. On our way out we noticed a sign on the counter and some bells hanging from the ceiling. I can tell you that the gelato put us in very “Good Humor”.
Note: I just learned that a white Bengal tiger is not an albino but has double recessive genes, like blondes do.


CC said...

Love the animals....
Orangutan enjoying his lettuce - priceless.
Flamingo picture- beautiful.

Enjoying your holiday..virtually.


Renee said...

Your pictures are beautiful.

The flamingoes, oh the colours.

Renee xoxo

A Cuban In London said...

I loved this little tour although I must admit that it's been a long time since I enjoyed going to a zoo or aquarium. I can't stop thinking about those animals behind cages and how I would feel if I was them. And then on the other hand my children love going to these places, so can you see that gentleman running away in the other direction? That's my integritiy.

I loved the Buddha, it looks so majestic.

Thanks for your comment. I did think of you and Tangobaby (one of my erstwhile fellow bloggers) when I saw that clip on youtube because apparently Diego's Umbrella is part of this fantastic nihilistic gypsy-punk rock movement in San Francisco that is quite famous in an underground way.

Many thanks for your post.

Greetings from London.

beth said...

I went to our zoo last year and had the best time...I can see that it's time for me to go again !!

A Cuban In London said...

'I just learned that a white Bengal tiger is not an albino but has double recessive genes, like blondes do'

I missed that line first time around. Did anyone tell them, the tigers, the blondes :-)?

Greetings from London.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear CC,
It was a very hot day and that lettuce looked so cool and crispy, I was actually envious -- until I remembered he was behind bars.

Dear Renee,
Thank you! Welcome to dutchbaby!

Dear Cuban,
I'm always weary when I visit a new zoo because I don't know in what conditions I will find the animals. Other than having to cope with the oppressive heat and humidity, these animals looked pretty good.

Thank you for introducing me to Diego's Umbrella. I will definitely write about them when I go.

Dear beth,
Glad to inspire you!

Dear Cuban,
It was my daughter who gave me that little tidbit of science (looks like she paid attention during the genetics unit of her biology class). I think if the tigers know they are really blondes, they will have more fun :-)

Ruth said...

The color of that flamingo! Terrific image.

Relyn Lawson said...

Oh, that "blonde" tiger is gorgeous. I do love a good zoo. Not as much as a safari, though. At least, I think that's true.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ruth,
Thanks! Flamingos are black when they are born and then they turn pink when they eat shrimp.

Dear Relyn,
I have to guess you are right about the safari :-D

Pretty Zesty said...

Once again. great photos!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kris,
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed these animals.

Anonymous said...

That's not a chimpanzee, it's a gorilla. You can tell by the nose.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Anonymous,
Oh my goodness, I knew that! I changed the post accordingly. Thanks for setting the record straight.

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