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After seeing the pandemic’s effect on Audubon Zoo, Tim and Carolyn Cutt decided to help Audubon Nature Institute through the financial crisis by donating to feed the Zoo’s animals for six months.
“The Zoo has continued to grow and become more inspiring with time, and it is heartbreaking to see how hard the pandemic has hit funding,” said Tim.
Tim and Carolyn both hail from Louisiana, but their careers have moved them far and wide. They met in New Orleans, both graduating from O. Perry Walker High School (now Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School). Carolyn graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Education, and Tim graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. They moved to Houma and Morgan City to start their careers and got married soon after.
Through 16 domestic and international moves with the oil industry, they have maintained their strong ties with Audubon. Visiting their favorite Zoo animals was always a highlight of their trips home to see Carolyn’s parents, Joy and Emile Kaler, who became Charter Audubon Members in 1995.
“The Zoo is such an important part of the New Orleans experience, and we are anxious to see it recover and welcome people from all over the world again,” explained Tim.
Now retired and back in Louisiana, they are looking forward to spending more time with their children and grandchildren at Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. They love to take their grandchildren to visit animals like the Zoo’s newest orangutan infant Madu and her parents, Reese and Jambi.
The Cutts hope that their wonderful gift encourages others to give to Audubon. “We hope that the pandemic is under control soon and visitors will begin to frequent the Zoo again,” said Tim. “We also hope that others do what they can to help in the recovery efforts.”
Thank you to the Cutts for your overflowing generosity! Your connection to the Zoo and compassion for the animals are an inspiration.
In New Orleans, the local flora is waking up from winter and filling the city with color. Around the globe, however, the animals responsible for our vibrant gardens and bountiful crops are in danger.
Populations of pollinators—animals like bees, bats, birds, and small mammals—are declining worldwide due to habitat loss, pesticides, disease, and climate change.
In addition to the tragedy inherent in any species extinction, there’s a practical reason to be concerned about the pollinator crisis. Pollinators help 80% of the planet’s flowering plants and crops reproduce. And two of mankind’s greatest inventions—chocolate and coffee—could not exist without pollinators!
Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Put simply, without pollinators, Earth’s animals—including humans—don’t eat.
That’s why your support is so important. With your generosity, you help our community learn about pollinators. At Audubon Zoo, you can see wild pollinators and find inspiration for your home garden by checking out the Butterfly Circle and the Bayer Feed a Bee Pollinator Habitat. In Audubon Park, you can explore the Gumbel Fountain Bed and Usdin Gardens.
You can spot bees, butterflies, and bugs of all kinds during a hike on any of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center’s trails. One dedicated pollinator path is also a stop for migratory birds!
Your generosity also supports the many pollinators in Audubon’s care, including the bats in the Zoo’s “Criaturas de la Noche” nocturnal house, the birds in the Zoo’s aviary and the Aquarium’s Parakeet Pointe, and, of course, many of the bugs you’ll see when the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium reopens as part of the Aquarium.
Pollinators need our help, but the good news is that you can make a positive impact for them right in your own backyard. Steps as simple as planting native flowers and grasses, providing nesting grounds for birds, cutting your grass a little higher to let small native flowers grow, avoiding harsh pesticides, and choosing organic produce can add up to a big difference!