Audubon Zoo, home to 2,000 animals, honors artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821. Although this marker is located on St. Charles Avenue—at the entrance to Audubon Park—the true entrance to Audubon Zoo is on the Mississippi River side of Magazine Street. But taking the Puch Maxi through the park is a “no-no” since motorized vehicles are not allowed.
Puch Maxi admiring the statue of John James Audubon, namesake of the Audubon Zoo and surrounding area. Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats. He lived from 1785 to 1851 (predating Puch’s founding in 1899 by nearly 50 years). This monument, with sculpture standing high on a pedestal, was created by Edward Virginius Valentine and unveiled on November 26, 1910 in Audubon Park, New Orleans.