NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Audubon Aquarium has teamed up with Easter Seals of Louisiana to help children and adults with special needs get an up-close experience with some of the most popular animals.
The one-of-a-kind program allows people to meet with the penguins. It's something Audubon and Easter Seals believe will leave participants with happy feet.
Sometimes the aquarium can be overwhelming during regular hours for those with special needs, so Audubon arranged for Easter Seals Louisiana participants to visit the aquarium when it is closed. They also get the opportunity to pet the penguins and go inside the exhibit for a feeding.
"Our guide, Darwin, made it clear that he will match this experience to the needs of each child. Audubon has worked hard to accommodate the various needs that may be encountered within the groups we bring to visit. We're confident that all those participating will have a fantastic experience visiting the penguins," said Dawn Huber, Easter Seals Louisiana Vice President.
Monday, visitors were treated to a painting demonstration by two of the penguins. Education specialists say an up close encounter with the penguins can be beneficial to those who have different special needs.