Zoo Presents Annual ‘Art Gone Wild!’ Animal Art Showcase Through November 18

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, in conjunction with the zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), is hosting the seventh annual “Art Gone Wild!” exhibition now through Friday, November 18. 

The 75-piece collection of wildly unique works-of-art created by animals living at the zoo is on display throughout the lower and upper lobbies and Jungle Café seating area. Viewing is free with admission and for zoo members.

Zookeepers have been working with the animals under their care to create the paintings.  The exhibition includes artwork produced by trunks, paws, feet, hooves, scales, skin and, of course, brushes. Featured artists include, among others, the zoo’s Asian elephants, primates, Humboldt penguins, red pandas, African lions, Amur tigers, reptiles and birds.  

“We are thrilled to showcase a wonderful selection of priceless artwork created by a wide variety of species that live at the zoo. As a component of our zoo-wide training and enrichment program, ‘painting’ is just one of the activities that many of the animals choose to participate in,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox. 

At the conclusion of the exhibition, an art sale and auction will be held to raise funds on behalf of the zoo’s AAZK chapter. The event is Friday, November 18 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children 6 and under are free. Admission includes non-alcoholic beverages and light appetizers; a cash bar is also available. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in-person at the zoo’s membership desk or online at rosamondgiffordzoo.org/art-gone-wild

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