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96 Elephants Join the Herd! 96 Elephants are killed daily in Africa for their ivory tusks. Increasing demand for ivory is driving African forest elephants to extinction but people across the world are uniting with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to protect them.  In New Orleans, we are partnering with WCS and have pledged to deliver 9,600 signatures in support of an ivory ban to Governor Jindal this August. Add your signature today!  Click Here to Sign the Petition.

96 Elephants

Join the Herd!

96 Elephants are killed daily in Africa for their ivory tusks. Increasing demand for ivory is driving African forest elephants to extinction but people across the world are uniting with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to protect them. 

In New Orleans, we are partnering with WCS and have pledged to deliver 9,600 signatures in support of an ivory ban to Governor Jindal this August. Add your signature today! 

Click Here to Sign the Petition.

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DIGITAL BAYOU AND AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE TO BE HONORED TWICE IN THE 35th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS

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DIGITAL BAYOU AND AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE TO BE HONORED TWICE IN THE 35th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS

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Contact:        Melissa James, melissa@digitalbayouhd.com   502-386-5258
                        Katie Smith, ksmith@auduboninstitute.org, 504-378-2693
 

DIGITAL BAYOU AND AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE TO BE HONORED TWICE
IN THE 35th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS

 
New Orleans, LA – June 16, 2014 – The Telly Awards has named Digital Bayou HD Productions, Inc. as a two-time Bronze winner for producing Audubon Nature Institute’s new web series, The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.
 

The first of its kind for a zoo in the United States, this web series was honored by the 35th Annual Telly Awards in the following two categories: Internet/Online Campaign - Promotional/Branding, and for Internet/Online Programs for Nature and Wildlife. These two Telly Award wins make this the eighth and ninth awarded to Digital Bayou.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films.

“Our cameras go inside the exhibits, behind the glass, under the water, and at times nose to nose with some of the most exotic creatures on the planet,” said Digital Bayou Producer/Director Duane Prefume.  “We have witnessed births, celebrated birthdays, welcomed new family members to the Zoo, tasted cicada kabobs and even witnessed an unpredictable moment in the animal hospital during a routine physical exam.”

The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans gives visitors a backstage pass at Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Host Chriss Knight takes visitors behind-the-scenes, provides people an up-close look at many of the beloved animals and the dedicated staff, and helps them to learn about the popular exhibits and attractions.  “It’s truly an honor to be a part of The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans team. So much time, effort, and love goes into each webisode,” said Knight.
 
Prefume added, “Not only is this series entertaining, but viewers get the chance to learn a little bit about these species in the wild, their role in the environment and how many are fighting for survival. The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans is important for that reason, and it gives visitors the opportunity to get to personally know all the creatures on exhibit at Audubon Nature Institute.  We are proud to work with the talented folks at Audubon Nature Institute.”

"Our Audubon communications team loves to embrace fresh and innovative methods to tell stories about our incredible animals," said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts in this field. These webisodes are helping us reach new audiences, creating the next generation of advocates for wildlife."
 
Digital Bayou Digital Bayou HD Productions, Inc. was the first professional media service in New Orleans to specialize in high-definition video production. The company has been creating Emmy and Telly award-winning media and programming since 2002. Digital Bayou produces memorable and engaging content for broadcast networks, corporate communications, interactive web series, multimedia museum exhibits, television commercials and web sites. Digital Bayou is one of the most sought after, complete turnkey media production resources in the region.
 
Chriss Knight Host Chriss Knight brings a decade of television reporting experience and a lifetime love of animals to The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans. Knight's feature and breaking news coverage earned her awards from the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association, Nebraska Associated Press and the New Orleans Press Club.
 
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.
 

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Cuttlefish

Cephalopods are not only known as the “chameleons of the sea,” but also are considered one of the ocean’s most intelligent creatures and an important example of advanced cognitive evolution in animals. 

These clever and extraordinary animals are now on exhibit in the Living in Water Gallery at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

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Otter Easter Egg Hunt

Happy Easter Buck & Emma! Audubon Aquarium’s sea otters, Buck and Emma celebrated the holiday with an Easter egg hunt.   The southern sea otters enjoyed finding colored ice egg treats delivered by Aquarium staff.

Audubon Aquarium is part of the not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, led by CEO Ron Forman.

http://www.auduboninstitute.org/

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Project Piaba

Buy a Fish - Save a Tree! 

In the webisode of  The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans we follow Suzanne Smith, Audubon Nature Institute’s Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding & Rescue Coordinator as she traveled to Brazil as part of Project Piaba in order to conserve and maintain the live ornamental fishery and other renewable resources in the Rio Negro basin.  

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is part of the not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, led by CEO Ron Forman.

View more webisodes here: http://www.realwildanimals.com/

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Audubon Zoo Elephant

The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans - How Well Do YOU Know Audubon Zoo’s Elephants? from The Real Wild Animals of NOLA on Vimeo.

They’re giant, make big noises and have stolen the hearts of staff and visitors to Audubon Zoo for decades. In this webisode of The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans, Asian elephants Panya and Jean pack up their trunks for their new state-of-the-art home.

Audubon Zoo is part of the not for-profit Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, led by CEO Ron Forman.

realwildanimals.com

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Kohl the #Penguin getting a special visit from #Santa. #AudubonAquarium #NOLA #holidays #Christmas #animals #cute

Kohl the #Penguin getting a special visit from #Santa. #AudubonAquarium #NOLA #holidays #Christmas #animals #cute

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