NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Calling all kids and kids-at-heart! The Audubon Zoo is getting ready to expand two of its popular summer attractions to 7-days a week. The Cool Zoo and Gator Run, a lazy rider, are set to open daily, beginning on Monday, May 16, expand from a weekends-only schedule. And this year, zoo-goers will get an added experience this year. With the opening of the zoo's new elephant habitat right next door, visitors will be able to watch the pachyderms play while chilling in the wet, cool water park.
"You'll be able to see our two Asian elephants as you've never seen them before,'' said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "In one corner of the water park, our guests can feel like they are splashing with Panya and Jean in the Gottesman Elephant Wading Pool.''
Other changes include new lockers, new inner tubes with bottoms and a private area for nursing mothers. And coming soon: Gator Bites, the new concessions area offering pizza, sandwiches, corn dogs, nachos, snacks and beverages.