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Art Made by Animals

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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5:09PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

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

3:16AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Thanks for the information.

4:28AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:23PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

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

10:34AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

What a great way to raise money for the zoo!

7:25AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Neat idea!

6:39PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

"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.

6:36AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Yay. Pawprints.

11:34PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Naturally cool. Cheers.

9:53PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

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.

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