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Aquarium of the Americas
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The Aquarium of the Americas seen from the Mississippi River
Date opened September 1, 1990
Location New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Coordinates 29°57′1″N 90°3′47″W / 29.95028°N 90.06306°W / 29.95028; -90.06306Coordinates: 29°57′1″N 90°3′47″W / 29.95028°N 90.06306°W / 29.95028; -90.06306
Number of animals 10,000
Number of species 530
Memberships AZA

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

It is run by the Audubon Nature Institute, which also supervises the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES), Coastal Wildlife Network, Audubon Wilderness Park, and Audubon Park. It is located along the banks of the Mississippi River by the edge of the historic French Quarter off Canal Street, at the upper end of Woldenberg Park. It opened on September 1, 1990.

Exhibits

As its name implies, the aquarium specializes in aquatic life of the Americas. The exhibits feature regions throughout North and South America. With 10,000 animals representing 530 species, noteworthy exhibits include:

Katrina damage and aftermath

In 2005, the facilities were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Though the structure survived the initial hurricane and was on high ground above the subsequent flooding of most of the city, electricity outages continued and the backup power generators were unable to fully operate the sophisticated life support systems needed to keep the animals alive. Aquarium staffers were forced to evacuate the facility only to return four days later to discover that most of the 10,000 fish did not survive.

The aquarium reopened on May 26, 2006. Since Hurricane Katrina, more species have been in the Caribbean and jellyfish exhibits, and there has been a large revamp to the Gulf of Mexico tank simulating ocean life below an oil rig platform.

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