Audubon Zoo en Richard Campanella Cityscapes: A New Orleans Childhood At Monkey Hill <p>Local geographer Richard Campanella&nbsp;has spent the last 20 years studying the city's topography and says that, unlike other cities, New Orleans' highest and lowest points are man-made creations.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:38:43 +0000 Eve Troeh 64483 at Audubon Zoo Welcomes Bonnie The Rhino <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bonnie the rhinoceros, a 15-year-old Southern White Rhino weighing more than two tons, is the latest&nbsp;new arrival at the Audubon Zoo.</span></p><p>Bonnie, who was born and raised at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, joins the one male and two female rhinos already living at the Zoo. Bonnie arrived in late April and has been acclimating herself to her new surroundings.</p><p>“The hope is she will breed with our male Saba and produce much needed new blood into the captive rhino population,” says Bill Smith, Audubon Zoo's Curator of&nbsp;Hoofstock.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:59:28 +0000 Jason Saul 62641 at Panya The Elephant Celebrates 50 Years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Panya</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the elephant celebrated her </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday at the Audubon Zoo last week, and scores of people came out to celebrate.</span></p><p>Panya, a 9,500-pound female Asian elephant, was presented with a birthday cake and presents, as well as a special AARP card. A gaggle of children in party hats serenaded her with toy horns, signed a giant birthday card, and shared in some cake of their own.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:29:10 +0000 Jason Saul 52446 at From Hornets To Pelicans: Animal Behavior Experts On New Orleans' New NBA Mascot <p><span style="font-family:monospace">The Hornets have played their last game under that team name. Next season they become the Pelicans. The change is meant to tie the team more closely to New Orleans, but it also means the team has a whole new brand, and a new feel to it.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:monospace">WWNO’s Eve Troeh sat down with two animal experts to take a literal approach to the change from Hornets to Pelicans. Carolyn Atherton is assistant curator of birds at Audubon Zoo. Zach Lemann directs programs at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. </span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:02:31 +0000 Eve Troeh 33811 at Escaped Monkey Prompts Audubon Zoo Shutdown <p>A 33-pound monkey escaped its enclosure at the Audubon Zoo Friday morning, prompting an hour-long shutdown of the facility while zookeepers wrangled the animal back into captivity and made sure the area was safe.</p><p>The monkey, an 11-year-old black-and-white&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18.1875px;">African Colobus named Kivuli, was spotted on the loose at about 10:17 a.m. Zoo officials ushered park-goers indoors and shut the gates of the facility, according to Audubon spokespeople and eyewitnesses.</span></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:29:50 +0000 Jason Saul 32214 at Warrants issued for Audubon alligator theft <p>New Orleans police have issued arrest warrants for two men suspected of stealing a bin of baby alligators from the Audubon Zoo gift shop.</p><p>Police say Audubon Security discovered the gift shop&rsquo;s doors pried open, and a broken window near the shop&rsquo;s bottom door latch, around 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday, just over three hours after receiving an alarm from the location. A check of the shop revealed 10 baby alligators missing from a tank within.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:18:36 +0000 Jason Saul 15445 at Audubon Zoo tapir celebrates historic birthday <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d746c502f87-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d746c502f87-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d746c502f87-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>The Audubon Zoo is marking a milestone birthday for a tapir called Melon. He's the second oldest of his kind in zoo captivity.</p> Mon, 05 Jan 2009 11:29:09 +0000 Eileen Fleming 1533 at