The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a renowned
New Orleans, USA.
Recognized as one of the leading aquariums in the United States, the Aquarium of the Americas is run by the
Audubon Institute, which also supervises the
Audubon Zoo and
Audubon Park (in a different part of the city). The Aquarium is located along the banks of the
Mississippi River by the edge of the historic
French Quarter off
Canal Street and opened in 1990.
With 10,000 animals representing 530 species, exhibits include the
Mississippi River gallery, featuring
Caribbean reef exhibit featuring a clear, 30-foot-long tunnel surrounded by aquatic creatures; and a
Gulf of Mexico exhibit featuring
sea turtles, and
The first part of the Aquarium takes you on a journey through the Caribbean. You enter through the 30 foot tunnel surrounded by 17 ft of water which is approximately 132,000 gallons of water.
You then head upstairs to the Amazon Exhibit. This is located in a glass structure that gives the Aquarium an original and noticeable flair. The humidity, mist, and noise all adds the authenticity of this exhibit. Some of the highlights of this area are the Parrots, Anaconda, and Piranhas.
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Anne Rice (born on October 4, 1941) is a best-selling American author of
gothic and later religious themed books. Best known for her
Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet
Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.
Rice was born and spent most of her early life in
New Orleans, which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. She was the second daughter in a Catholic Irish-American family; Rice's sister,
Alice Borchardt, also became a noted genre author.
She completed her first book,
Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles series, which includes 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Rice has also published adult-oriented fiction under the
pen name Anne Rampling, and has written explicit sado-masochistic erotica as A.N. Roquelaure.
Her fiction is often described as lush and descriptive, and her characters' sexuality is fluid, often displaying homoerotic feelings towards each other. Rice said that the bisexuality was what she was looking for in her characters; a love beyond gender especially with
The Vampire Chronicles because the vampires were not of human society, therefore did not go by the expectations of that society. She also weaves philosophical and historic themes into the dense pattern of her books. To her admirers, Rice's books are among the best in modern
popular fiction, possessing those elements that create a lasting presence in the literary canon. To her critics, her novels are baroque, "low-brow pulp" and redundant. A critical analysis of Rice's work can be found in
S. T. Joshi's book The Modern Weird Tale (2001).
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