There's a celebration underway this week at the zoo of Acadiana.
The zoo has received a coveted award; National Accreditation from the Zoological Association of America.
It's a distinguished honor for this longtime Acadiana Landmark, where compassion for the animal kingdom is all in the family.
It's an accomplishment that's been more than a year in the making. The Zoo of Acadiana is now joining an elite group of wildlife sanctuaries around the country through its accreditation by the Zoological Association of America.
"It will open up a lot of doors for us, as far as collaborating with other zoos that are accredited by the association, especially in regards to getting new animals and enhancing our collection and working with other zoos on other large projects and efforts" Says Mathew Oldenburg.
Oldenburg is the second generation of his family to devote his life to caring for members of the animal kingdom, and was literally born into the job. When his dad, George, took over as director of the facility some 20 years ago, Matthew began learning the family business from the ground up, and is now moving into a leadership position by spearheading the accreditation effort. But the Oldenburg's give all the credit to the people of Acadiana.
"We're more than grateful for the children and families of Acadiana and the surrounding areas, who continue to support us by coming to the zoo to visit their wild animal friends; we couldn't have done this without them "says Oldenburg.
The Zoo of Acadiana is located on Highway 90 East just outside Broussard. To find out what's new at the zoo, give them a call at 837-4325 or log on to their website, www.zooofacadiana.org .