An Audubon Nature Institute Animal Ambassador shows an iguana to a group of children.

The wonders of nature travel to you from Audubon Zoo.

Shell logoSponsored in part by Shell, the ZOOmobile brings the Zoo and the wonders of the natural world to you. Have fun learning about exotic animals through interactive presentations and hands-on animal encounters at your school, hospital, library, or other special event. From rainforest animals in need of protection to threatened species from around the world, ZOOmobile programming can show students of the Greater New Orleans area that all animals are important and need our help! Thanks to a generous grant from Shell, Title 1 schools within the Greater New Orleans Region are eligible for up to 4 FREE presentations, during 1 school visit. Any additional visits within the school year will be given at the standard ZOOmobile rates.

  • ZOOmobile is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please book early, we book 2-3 months in advance.
  • The ZOOmobile accepts reservation requests up to 6 months in advance.
  • In lieu of a mileage fee, we now require a 2 program minimum for presentations outside of Orleans and Jefferson parish. You can collaborate with teachers at your school or with teachers at nearby facilities to meet this minimum. Please contact us to find out when we will be in your area! 
  • Please note the minimum age requirement for programs is 3 years old.

Reserve the ZOOmobile

The ZOOmobile offers programming to groups of all sizes and ages including schools, camps, churches and more! All programs include 3-5 live animals. ZOOmobile presentation types include:

  • Schools & Camps
    The ZOOmobile features a 30 - 45 minute interactive lesson for classroom-sized audiences with up to 26 people for Pre-K-1st grade, and 35 people for 2nd-8th grade. COST: $125.00 per presentation. A maximum of 4 presentations can be offered per visit.
  • Hospitals & Libraries
    The ZOOmobile program includes a 60-minute assembly-style presentation for audiences of all sizes. COST: $100 per presentation.
  • Fairs & Festivals
    The ZOOmobile features an engaging tabletop program where guests are encouraged to explore the natural world through live animals and artifacts. COST: $200 per hour. Maximum of 3 hours per event.

Classroom/Camp/Homeschool Programs:

  • Sounds of the World (PreK-2)
    If you listen closely, the sounds of nature will surround you. Learn how different species around the world use sound to communicate with each other and defend themselves.
  • Jurassic Relatives (3-5)
    What came first, the chicken or the dinosaur egg? Meet animals who are close relatives to prehistoric species and discover how they have adapted to survive in modern times.
  • Extreme Living (3-5)
    Spikes, long tails, iridescent skin...are these animal fashions or functions? Discover the unique ways animals have adapted to hunt, defend themselves, and thrive in their environment.
  • What's on the Menu? (4-6)
    Beetle-burgers, leaf-lasagna, or rat-beans and rice...what is on the Jungle Menu? Every animal plays a very important role in an ecosystem’s food web. Explore the Rainforest food-web and learn why every creature is necessary for the survival of the ecosystem.
  • Senses and Defenses (6-8)
    How does an owl hunt in the dark? Can a lizard use its tail as protection? Animals have developed different traits to suit their unique habitats. Meet several amazing animals and explore how they use their senses to survive and thrive.

For additional questions about the ZOOmobile or our programs, call (504) 378-2639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

Education Programs Refund & Cancellation Policy

Should you cancel or miss your reserved Audubon Education program, please consider your payment a donation to support Audubon Nature Institute’s mission. If education programming is canceled by Audubon Nature Institute due to extreme weather or other circumstances beyond Audubon’s control, the Education Department will strive to accommodate your program request by rescheduling your program or, when possible, by offering alternative program options.

Extreme weather conditions include but are not limited to excessive hot or cold temperatures, severe weather, or dangerous driving conditions. In extreme heat situations, defined as a heat index of 100 or above, live animals are prohibited from use in educational programming to ensure their safety.