Field Trips with IHS

Jul 20, 2013
On the Web
by Cindy Steinle

On the Web - The International Herpetological Symposium offers a lot of things, but probably the coolest part is the field trips!  Most people visit several zoos in their life, but with a group like this we see the zoo in a totally different way.

With registration to the IHS this year, you not only get to take part in the after-hours behind the scenes tour and dinner at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, but you also receive a pass for the Audubon Institute to visit at your leisure for two days prior, during, and two days after IHS!  On my two previous trips, we dinned watching Gharials swim in their enclosure and drank wine on a wild safari ride!

All three of the Audubon Institute’s facilities are within walking distance so you can skip out of a few talks and head over if you want!  Admission to the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium are all included with your IHS registration!

A word of advice, if you go, I would like to strongly suggest riding in the same bus as Tom Crutchfield to the dinner!  You will be transported back to your youth of grade school field trips and have a great time.

The inset photo is from the 2011 IHS in Fort Worth at the UTA Specimen Collection with Carl Franklin goofing around with a preserved Cobra.

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