American painter and ornithologist John James Audubon spent much of his life in Louisiana, and New Orleans’ Audubon Nature Institute was founded in his honor. Its museums, parks, zoo, insectarium and aquarium display a diverse array of wildlife, and its researchers work to conserve Louisiana’s natural environment.
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Kisatchie National Forest, home to bears, possums, alligators, birds and many other animals, covers 604,000 acres in Northern and Central Louisiana. Hiking trails and bridle paths run through old-growth pine forests, and a canoe trip through the bald-cypress bayous reveals a Louisiana untouched by civilization.