The Aquarium of the Americas is an attraction in New Orleans, LA. It is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, adjacent to the French Quarter.
The Aquarium was established by Audubon Nature Institute on June 3, 1990. It is currently home to more than 10,000 animals representing 500 species and sub-species. The aquarium includes a two-story rainforest habitat and a shark tank with over 6,000 gallons of water that holds several sand tiger sharks and sandbar sharks. There are exhibits of indigenous and aquatic animals from Louisiana, including alligators, snakes, turtles, river otters, and raccoons.
The Aquarium of the Americas is home to a number of rescue dolphins that have been donated by various dolphinaria around the United States. The aquarium also features one beluga whale named Bella and another named Maris*. The aquarium has also received two false killer whales (one female and one male) from SeaWorld. Other animals include penguins, giraffes, sea lions, and bats.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a public aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is located adjacent to the Audubon Zoo in Central City (formerly French Quarter), next to the Mississippi River. Bogaert/Reed Architects designed it for Turner Construction Company.
The aquarium opened on January 23, 1990, and was attended by 18,000 people on its first day of operation. It was the second institution of its kind to be opened in the United States, following Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium by five years. The aquarium is operated by the Audubon Nature Institute and has an annual attendance of 1.5 million visitors.
The aquarium emphasizes conservation and research programs including dolphin research, sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation, manatee rehabilitation and research, as well as river monitoring and restoration projects.
The facility includes three main gallery areas: Caribbean Reef, Mississippi River Gallery, and Gulf Coast Exhibit.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (NAQA) is a public aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is owned by Audubon Nature Institute and is located on 6 acres of property along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans. The Aquarium’s exhibits include a large freshwater tank with a walk-through tunnel, an ocean tank with a shark feed, as well as many smaller tanks with fish, reptiles, and amphibians from around the world. One exhibit allows guests to touch starfish. There are also sea otters and penguins. The aquarium participates in more than 25 conservation and research programs worldwide, including coral reef studies in the Florida Keys and fish tagging in Montana waters.