Audubon Zoo partners with Rouses to help feed animals during pandemic

Louisiana News

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU)- The Audubon Zoo has been a staple for southeast Louisiana for years.

When Ali Rouse Royster and the Rouse’s family learned of the financial hardships Audubon Zoo has faced, they wanted to help.

Rouses spent the summer feeding families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Now they are helping feed the animals at the zoo.

“We’re in a great position to help so I said let’s absolutely do this,” said Royster.

Between the giraffes, gorillas and other 15,000 animals at the zoo and aquarium, it costs $70,000 a month to feed. COVID-19 hasn’t made it easy.

Audubon has lost more than $20 million during the pandemic.

The donation of the food from the Rouses, specifically produce, will feed the animals for a month.

“We are so grateful this is going to be an amazing partnership between Audubon and Rouses and we want to thank them for agreeing to feed her animals for a month,” said Rebecca Dietz with Audubon.

The public can help too. Anyone can go to a Rouses store and donate to feed the animals.

People interested in feeding the animals can also go to youranimalsneedyou.org.

Twenty-five dollars can feed the lions snack for a week. One thousand dollars feeds the gorilla troop for a month.

“You can also learn the importance of their diet what do they eat why is it important what they eat why is it important that humans eat nutritious foods so you can learn a lot from the website,” said Dietz.

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