Did you hear about the 12 foot Burmese python, Cara, that escaped from The Blue Zoo in the Mall of Louisiana about 2 weeks ago? Yep, that’s right. She was found slithering through the ventilation system after about 36 hours at 3:30am by a specialized animal tracker.
Our family just happened to be visiting Baton Rouge the next week and had to see what all the commotion was about. We ended up spending an afternoon at this cool place. Before I get into how much fun the Blue Zoo was, let me tell you all about my husband and his love of aquariums and why I am somewhat knowledgeable about these kinds of places.
My husband has built a bunch of different aquariums (such as cutting the panels and putting them together and filtration systems). Below is his YouTube channel about the amazing 8 foot long tank setup he made for his dad several years ago. This video shows the automated system for filtration and water changes that can be made with an app from anywhere in the world. Be sure to check out all of his videos for more about the amazing systems he put in place…
When we visited The Blue Zoo in Baton Rouge, I was impressed by the collection of different animals that you could learn about and some even interact with. I was also impressed because I know behind the scenes the design of filtration, electrical, plumbing and so much more had to be amazing to keep this place going. But I’m betting you might be more interested in the fun attractions than my nerdy banter.
Here are some of our favorites to see at The Blue Zoo in Baton Rouge…
It sounds silly being that we were there to see all the different animals but I loved the lighting in the very first room. It was fun how it looked like there were waves on the ceiling. And the lighting was nice and bright in all the other displays as well.
Being an artist, I can’t help but notice the art. And there were lots of neat murals throughout the zoo. Plus, the displays were themed in different ways that made them even more interesting. Loved them! I’m not positive but I believe the artist for all of the murals is Kristafer Bradley on Instagram @TheDauntless_Creator.
The Stingray Pool
We spent almost all of our time at the stingray pool. Be sure to get the coins when getting admission tickets. The coins can be exchanged for food to feed the stingrays. You will need to wash your hands before doing this. It was amazing to get to pet stingrays and feed them. Some felt a bit slimy and a soft and they act kind of like little puppies. We would put our hand in the water and wave it around gently and they would come right over.
The Blue Zoo Baton Rouge actually has 10 different species. It includes a torpedo ray that will act like an electric eel but with much less spark (it won’t hurt you but you can feel a little). They also have a pan ray that is a species that was just discovered 2 years ago. WOW!
Touch Tanks & Animal Interactions
There are a couple touch tanks to check out that you don’t want to miss. There are starfish to pet, Koi to feed(FYI…not a touch tank), tortoises and reptiles to see, and some cleaner type fish that make you feel like you’ve just had a manicure! During certain days and times there are shark feedings, snake shows, mermaid storytimes or shows, mascots, animal feedings, and aaarrrrggghhh there be pirates! Be sure to check the Blue Zoo attractions page here to find out the days and times for these.
Feeding the Birds
This was my kids’ second favorite thing to do at The Blue Zoo was feeding the birds. You can use a token to get a bit of seeds. There are only so many people in the enclosure at a time and the keeper brings you in a interim room to explain the rules to protect the birds (and you). There were so many birds to feed and they are so tame. There was a bird on my head at some point and my kids’ and the birds landed on our hands or arms. It was so neat!
If you have kids that are still playground aged, there is a big open area with a pirate ship themed playground, water tables, a giant shell for the mermaid story time and more.
If we lived in Baton Rouge or any of the other cities that have The Blue Zoo, we would definitely get a season pass. This was a fun way to spend our afternoon. We were there for a little over 2 hours and if our kids were little we probably could have stayed there for another 2 hours at the playground, animal feedings, and story time. If you enjoy learning more about animals and interactions, The Blue Zoo is a great place to visit!