When The Old Audubon Park Zoo Was
New (in the 1930s and 1940s)
The original Audubon Park Zoo was constructed back in the 1930s, as a
large-scale Federal WPA (Works Projects Administration) effort.  The WPA was a
nationwide program designed to provide jobs for young men and women during
the Great Depression.  Projects also included many of the National Parks we now
enjoy around the country.

Here are some old snapshots of that Zoo (the Zoo of our childhood memories),
taken at a time when it was all brand-new.  Many of the major structures were
retained and incorporated into New Orleans' splendid new
Audubon Park Zoo.  Other were demolished to make room for modern animal zoo
habitats, and still others were converted to other uses within the new zoo's overall
layout.
Monkey Island in the 1930s.  You can see a bit of the Flight Cage Aviary in the
right background.
Dolores at the completely modified remnants of Monkey Island (1994.)  The
original Flight Cage seen in the background remains in use, although a new and
modern Flight Cage has been added to the Zoo facilities (for the more valuable
feathered specimens.)  The original monkey house seen here has been converted to
some other use at today's Zoo, and the Monkey Island Moat has been made into an
attractive tropical water garden.
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