A Very Penguin Christmas Video Released by The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans

Season 2 Premieres Wednesday, January 1, 2014

/ PRNewswire / — The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans would like to wish all a happy holiday with a special video of Santa visiting the penguins at Audubon Aquarium. Season 2 of the popular Audubon Nature Institute web series premieres January 1, 2014 with all new webisodes at www.RealWildAnimals.com.
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The show follows host Chriss Knight as she guides viewers behind-the-scenes of Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. The web series gives viewers a backstage pass to meet the beloved animals and dedicated staff of Audubon Nature Institute.

Season 2 opens with an up-close-and-personal look at Audubon Zoo's western lowland gorillas. Viewers will learn how trainers engage and enrich the lives of these critically endangered animals and how Casey the silverback gorilla has emotionally connected with the animal staff. Later in the season, host Chriss Knight helps Aquarium staff feed the sharks, dives in the Aquarium tunnel, learns how to make a meal fit for a king out of bugs, takes a tour of the new elephant barn, and sits-in on an Orangutan physical at Audubon's Animal Hospital.

"As innovators in the zoo world, it is only natural for Audubon to take the lead with this fresh and newly emerging format," said President/CEO Ron Forman. "With online video accounting for half of consumer internet traffic in 2012, we are excited to pioneer new experiences for our visitors and celebrate the wonders of nature with audiences throughout the world."

Season 2 of The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans premieres on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 on www.realwildanimals.com or www.auduboninstitute.org with new websisodes airing bi-weekly.

Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities 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, EntergyIMAX® Theatre, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center,Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.

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