Art Made by Animals

In the image above is a painting made by a polar bear, one that is oddly striking and memorable, perhaps more memorable than some fine art made by humans.

The Tulsa Zoo is selling paintings made by its animals to raise funds for zoo improvements. They have had annual sales of art made by animals three years in a row, but this year the art can be seen online.

A painting by a penguin is $150. The lion print is $400. All the works seem to have been made through a process of having the animals make foot prints on a material after having stepped in paint. Prices range from $35 to $5,000.

Some of the animals such as the big cats are under sedation when their paw print art is made, for safety reasons, but for other animals such as penguins, chimps and elephants they are awake and functioning normally, so the painting exercise is seen as enrichment by the zoo administrators.

Koko the gorilla also makes paintings and they are sometimes sold to support the Gorilla Foundation.

Image Credit: Tulsa Zoo

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27 comments

Laura Fulmer
Laura Fulmer3 years ago

Very interesting and cool. I would buy something like this!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the information.

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

LM Sunshine

What an awesome way to make money, great, thank you for sharing!

Debbie House
Debbie House4 years ago

What a great way to raise money for the zoo!

Darla G.
Darla G.4 years ago

Neat idea!

Jo Little
jo L.4 years ago

"Some of the animals such as the big cats are under sedation when their paw print art is made, for safety reasons.." Please tell me the animals are not sedated simply to collect a paw print! If the print is collected while the animal is sedated for some other medical necessity, thats one thing. But to sedate an animal just to make a print would be outrageous! Sedation is always risky, even in an otherwise healthy animal.

Fennie Y.
Fennie Yap4 years ago

Yay. Pawprints.

Claudette Colbert

Naturally cool. Cheers.

Deborah D.
Deborah D.4 years ago

Art by the animals is pretty cool. And it is a fun way to raise funds if the salesauction is done well.

Best Friends Animal Society had an art auction a couple years ago. Animals from every section was represented. Some beautiful art was made all with non-toxic paints and some very creative uses of materials and tools.