Last weekend was Swampfest at the Audubon Zoo about a mile from us in New Orleans. Swampfest is a local festival where live Cajun and Zydeco music is played in the zoo and Creole and Cajun food is available. The Zoo's special Louisiana Swamps exhibit was full of volunteers telling us all about the local wildlife. Colin and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time wandering the zoo while listening to music in beautiful 75 degree weather. We got to see some pretty awesome animals. Here are some highlights:
The Rhinoceros Hornbill. This was a new one for me, and its pretty impressive, as you can tell.
From the Lousiana Swamp exibit:
Roseate Spoonbill. Found in Mangrove Swamps and brackish water. Like the Flamingo it acquires its pink color from its diet, crustaceans full of red algae.
No, its not made of plastic, it is an actual leucistic white alligator. (The difference between this and albinism is the fact that these guys have pigmented eyes). All of the worlds leucistic alligators have been found in swampland in Louisiana or South Carolina. (I believe only 16 are known to currently be alive)
Here is Colin petting a baby Nutria. Nutria are not native to Louisiana, but were introduced in the 1930's for fur coats. Apparently they are real pests, but I think the babies are adorable.