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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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For more information, please contact Park Ranger Kristy Wallisch

  • by email
  • by phone 504-589-3882 ext. 225
  • by fax 504-589-4155
  • by mail 419 Decatur St., New Orleans LA 70130

If Kristy is not available, please contact Chief of Interpretation and Education Nigel Fields

  • by email
  • by phone 504-589-3882 ext. 224
  • by fax 504-589-4155
  • by mail 419 Decatur St., New Orleans LA 70130

Did You Know?

Young opossum riding their mother's back.

The opossum is North America's only native marsupial! The female will carry young in her pouch for 2-3 months and then on her back another 1-2 months. A female will usually have 7-8 babies, and each one latches onto one of 13 teats in her pouch.