Children Meet Hornets at Annual Audubon Zoo Event

February 26, 2013

It’s probably an unusual day if a child returns from a visit to the zoo and tells his parents that his favorite part of the trip was seeing the hornets. After all, in a place full of exotic and foreign creatures, who gets excited about stumbling upon common insects that may be terrorizing the local treehouse?

Saturday, Feb. 23, was that unusual day. It was Hornets Day at Audubon Zoo, and a majority of the crowd seemed to be congregating around the six NBA stars in attendance, rather than the lions or gorillas.

Hornets fans had the chance to meet New Orleans starters Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and Robin Lopez, as well as Roger Mason, Darius Miller and a leading candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award, starting point guard Greivis Vasquez. The players signed autographs and took pictures with the fans before participating in a Q&A session. They also handed out Hornets gift bags to those in attendance who correctly answered trivia questions.

Vasquez, the NBA’s leader in total assists, even had the chance to explore the zoo some with his family and get a behind-the-scenes tour. The Venezuela native and his family got the opportunity to feed the Asian elephants and stand mere feet from the zoo’s lion.

“This is a really cool experience for me and my family. I want to thank the Audubon Zoo for giving us the chance to have this experience and for partnering with the Hornets to put on this event today,” said Vasquez. “I always love getting out and meeting our fans. We want to let them know that we care about this city and that they are an important part of our success.”

Fans in attendance also had the chance to meet with some of the Honeybees and Hugo, while emcee Rob Nice and the Hornets Drum Line provided entertainment throughout the event.