Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

Doing A World of Good

New Orleans, LA   |


Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Wilderness Park, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Mr. L. Ronald Forman

Main address

6500 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70118 USA

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NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problems that Audubon Nature Institute addresses are: the threat of extinction facing species of wildlife in Louisiana and across the globe, the need for deeper public engagement in wildlife and environment conservation, and the need for more robust informal science and nature-based educational opportunities in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Museums and Parks

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature. We serve our visitors, our community and our world as an educational resource, an environmental guardian, a leader in economic development and a venue for family entertainment. The success of the Audubon family lies within the individual strengths of its facilities. Working together, they are helping to create a bright future for generations to come.

Population(s) Served

Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center is home to several conservation program.

Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW) is a modern-day ark dedicated to preserving species that are vulnerable in the wild and to sustaining populations in human care.

Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) promotes sustainable fishing practices through holistic, science-based fishery management programs, fosters a community that is knowledgeable ad invested in Gulf seafood, and creates a more stable and confident fishing industry.

Coastal Wildlife Network (CWN) is committed to the humane care and treatment of injured, ill, or displaced marine animals and sea turtles. The rescue program is committed to animal rescues and community outreach in an effort to promote ocean and coastal conservation.

Population(s) Served

Audubon Nature Institute offers a variety of opportunities for students of all ages to learn about animals and conservation.

Recently, Audubon launched its Community Connect Program to grow accessibility: Orleans Parish Appreciation Day, Audubon SNAP and the Audubon Member Partner Pass

Audubon youth volunteer programs offer training curriculum designed to expand students’ knowledge of the natural world through hands-on learning activities, field trips and interactive sessions with animal staff. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable work place skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, and public speaking.

And, Audubon outreach vehicles bring the magic of an Audubon experience to schools and community centers across the Greater New Orleans Region. Outreach vehicle presentations feature amazing animals, enthusiastic presenters, hands-on activities, and an endless fascination of nature’s wonders.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Audubon Nature Institute's purpose of Celebrating the Wonders of Nature is woven into our vision of creating a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. This vision is fulfilled by eight objectives that support our mission: Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality, exhibit the diversity of wildlife, preserve native Louisiana habitats, educate our diverse audience about the natural world, enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation, provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings, operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks and weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.

Audubon Nature Institute, through its parks, facilities and programs, will maximize current resources (both staff and technology) to reach a diverse audience and create a state-of-the-art experience that inspires repeat business.

Audubon will create a citizenry of empowered environmental stewards through our museum and park experiences and education programs; will continue to be recognized worldwide as a leader in the preservation of endangered species through our scientific efforts and cooperative initiatives; and will embrace sustainability in operations and construction.

Over the last several years, Audubon has been through a period of tremendous change and growth. Audubon's executive team and board have determined that continuing to utilize the critical issues and goals as the basis of our strategic plan is the best option as new capital projects are built, new programs are launched, and procedures are refined to ensure that positive changes take root. Members of senior staff meet regularly to review objectives and milestones to guide Audubon. Their updates to the strategic plan encompass a vision that transforms the Audubon that courageously recovered from the challenges of Hurricane Katrina into an international destination for family fun—and a recognized leader in wildlife and coastal conservation.

Celebrating the Wonders of Nature in a city where celebrations are woven into the basic fabric of life, each member of Audubon Nature Institute's family has been greeted with success, measured in such tangibles as: visitor attendance which far surpasses projections; the hatching of critically endangered birds such as Mississippi sandhill cranes and whooping cranes; the births of endangered species including Amur leopards and a Sumatran orangutan; and research firsts such as the birth of endangered African wildcats through the use of assisted reproductive technologies like cloning. The annual economic impact of Audubon is estimated at $583 million, with a significant increase to $996 million expected after Audubon 2020 projects are completed (J. Richardson, The Role of Audubon Nature Institute in the Greater New Orleans Area, 2014).

These successes are all indicators of how Audubon is leading the rebuilding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina - to make our city and our future even brighter. Our state capital outlay request will build upon these successes, giving a strong framework to ensure Audubon Nature Institute continues to provide a stimulus for tourism for the city, a positive economic impact for the state, and a cultural and conservation resource for the region.

How we listen

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Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Willard Dumas

Joseph Jaeger

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Mark Romig

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Linda Baum

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Megan Eustis

James Ewers

Beth Lambert

John Payne

Julie Quinn

Caryn Rodgers-Battiste

Sandy Villere III

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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