Animal related

Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

  • New Orleans, LA
  • www.audubonnatureinstitute.org

Mission Statement

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, 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, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Wilderness Park, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Audubon Nature Institute's purpose of Celebrating the Wonders of Nature is woven into our vision of creating a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. This vision is fulfilled by eight objectives that support our mission:

• Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality
• Exhibit the diversity of wildlife
• Preserve native Louisiana habitats
• Educate our diverse audience about the natural world
• Enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation
• Provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings
• Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks
• Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience

Main Programs

  1. Audubon Nature Institute Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in New Orleans, LA and serving the Gulf Coast region as well as conducting national and international conservation projects.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

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Mr. L. Ronald Forman

Keywords

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Education, Preservation, Nature Exhibit, Wildlife, Animals, Zoo, Aquarium, Park, Recreation, Entertainment, New Orleans

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EIN

51-0157624

 Number

4584040612

Physical Address

6500 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70118 4848

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Audubon opened the first major attraction in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina – Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

In 2012, Audubon entered into an historic partnership with San Diego Zoo Global to create a new program for breeding disappearing Zoo animals on the site of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center.

Our dedication to environmental education earned Audubon Aquarium of the Americas the designation of Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center.

Audubon Zoo's diverse collection has over 1500 animals. The entire zoo focuses on educating about the importance of today's conservation efforts.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Audubon Nature Institute Program

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas coordinates the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program on behalf of the state. This provides both rescue and rehabilitation services for stranded, endangered marine animals as well as data collection as part of the national stranding network.

Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species and Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center coordinate Audubon's Mississippi Sandhill Crane and Whooping Crane Recovery Programs. These programs provide assisted reproductive techniques to strengthen the endangered crane populations through use of artificial insemination including cryopreservation of semen. While increasing population numbers, the programs also help to enhance genetic diversity within the captive and released flocks of these endangered birds.

Audubon Nature Institute also has various educational programs and scholarships.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Audubon Nature Institute's purpose of Celebrating the Wonders of Nature is woven into our vision of creating a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. This vision is fulfilled by eight objectives that support our mission: Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality, exhibit the diversity of wildlife, preserve native Louisiana habitats, educate our diverse audience about the natural world, enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation, provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings, operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks and weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Audubon Nature Institute, through its parks, facilities and programs, will maximize current resources (both staff and technology) to reach a diverse audience and create a state-of-the-art experience that inspires repeat business.

    Audubon will create a citizenry of empowered environmental stewards through our museum and park experiences and education programs; will continue to be recognized worldwide as a leader in the preservation of endangered species through our scientific efforts and cooperative initiatives; and will embrace sustainability in operations and construction.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Over the last several years, Audubon has been through a period of tremendous change and growth. Audubon's executive team and board have determined that continuing to utilize the critical issues and goals as the basis of our strategic plan is the best option as new capital projects are built, new programs are launched, and procedures are refined to ensure that positive changes take root. Members of senior staff meet regularly to review objectives and milestones to guide Audubon. Their updates to the strategic plan encompass a vision that transforms the Audubon that courageously recovered from the challenges of Hurricane Katrina into an international destination for family fun—and a recognized leader in wildlife and coastal conservation.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Audubon will conduct assessments of its performance by gathering and analyzing information. Members of senior staff will convene on a regular basis to review performance and reassess goals, outcomes, strategies, and action steps and to make recommendations for changes and revisions to the strategic plan.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Celebrating the Wonders of Nature in a city where celebrations are woven into the basic fabric of life, each member of Audubon Nature Institute's family has been greeted with success, measured in such tangibles as: visitor attendance which far surpasses projections; the hatching of critically endangered birds such as Mississippi sandhill cranes and whooping cranes; the births of endangered species including Amur leopards and a Sumatran orangutan; and research firsts such as the birth of endangered African wildcats through the use of assisted reproductive technologies like cloning. The annual economic impact of Audubon is estimated at $583 million, with a significant increase to $996 million expected after Audubon 2020 projects are completed (J. Richardson, The Role of Audubon Nature Institute in the Greater New Orleans Area, 2014).

    These successes are all indicators of how Audubon is leading the rebuilding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina - to make our city and our future even brighter. Our state capital outlay request will build upon these successes, giving a strong framework to ensure Audubon Nature Institute continues to provide a stimulus for tourism for the city, a positive economic impact for the state, and a cultural and conservation resource for the region.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in New Orleans, LA and serving the Gulf Coast region as well as conducting national and international conservation projects.

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Funding Needs

Audubon Nature Institute seeks funds for its operations, programs, and capital expenses that support its conservation, education, and research efforts.

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Audubon Nature Institute Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. L. Ronald Forman

BIO

A past president of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Ron Forman began his tenure with Audubon Park and Zoological Garden in 1972 as City Hall liaison. Made Deputy Director in 1973 and Executive Director in 1977, he led the effort of the major transformation of Audubon Zoo from an "urban ghetto" to an "urban Eden".

During the 80's, the Audubon Nature Institute, Inc. evolved from the Friends of the Zoo organization and assumed operation of Audubon Park and Zoo. Plans were made, with overwhelming voter support, for a downtown park and aquarium. Woldenberg Riverfront Park opened in 1989 and was followed in 1990 by the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center on the West Bank of the Mississippi River opened late in 1993. An important component of it, the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, opened in 1996.

The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, located in Eastern New Orleans, merged into the family of Audubon facilities in 1994. The Nature Center, devastated by Hurricane Katrina, operates the programs at the Audubon Wilderness Park located adjacent to the Species Survival Center.

The Entergy IMAX Theatre, adjacent to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, opened in October of 1995, while phase II of the Aquarium, a changing exhibits gallery, opened in the spring of 1996. The Audubon Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House, opened in 2008.

Forman serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Business Council, and as Chairman of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Board. He served locally as Chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Museums, and is also on the Advisory Committee of Chimp Haven.

Forman is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Louisiana State University. Married to the former Sally Gelpi, he is the father of three and grandfather of three.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The real heart and passion of Audubon Nature Institute, its board, volunteers and staff is the protection of our environment. As we face monumental challenges brought on by our disappearing coast, climate change and mass extinctions, I see an Audubon that continues to stand at the ready to educate and ensure that these critical issues remain at the forefront of public debate and partner with organizations committed to devising realistic solutions. At its core, Audubon is all about love of nature and conservation. So many of our young people have limited exposure to the beauty of nature. Audubon holds them by the hand and takes them on magical journeys many might never get to experience. I am always amazed to see the look of wonder on the faces of young children the first time they watch a shark sail by, or an elephant raise its trunk or a sea lion take a dive. It never gets old."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joseph A. Jaeger Jr.

The MCC Group

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?