Oakland Zoo to Auction Off Paintings Created Entirely by Its Animals—You Have …

12 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Masterpieces Painted by Oakland Zoo Animals Now Up for Auction.

Artists featured in the Animal Art Show include an elephant, meerkat, lemur, goat, sun bear, giraffe, hyena, siamang, goat, chuckwalla, snake, chimpanzee, lion, cockatoo, parrot, ferret, cockroach, squirrel monkey, bat, river otter, and green monkey.Orchestrated by Oakland Zoo keepers, animals from all walks of life are getting to express their colorful and bright personalities through the power of painting.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An auction for 32 colorful paintings produced by elephants, giraffes, river otters and even a cockroach at the Oakland Zoo is underway with more than half a dozen bids on the art work. In a photo documenting his creative process, you can see him using a brush mounted on a stand to create a painting with curving blue lines and green dabs. The painting sessions were conducted by zoo keepers who used only positive reinforcement, including plenty of treats, as they worked with the animals, zoo spokeswoman Nicky Mora said.

It looks like the vast majority of the population, especially individuals who obtained the works of art, have been happy having the zoo’s ingenious notion and practice. Goats, lemurs and meerkats had their hooves, paws or claws dabbed with nontoxic, water-based paint and ran over a blank sheet of poster board while chasing a treat. “Oh, I think he loves it,” lead giraffe keeper Amy Phelps said. “He definitely seems to know that the painting is his thing. When we take it out the paint brushes and the paint, he comes right over like he’s excited to participate.” The eBay bidding this year will end Sept. 20.

Any animal who refused did not have to participate-but plenty were willing to pick up a brush or waddle, trot, and/or slither through paint and over canvas. He is one of a group of animals who were offered the chance to make paintings that are currently being auctioned to raise funds for the Zoo, but at the time of this writing, his painting is leading the way with a bid of $305. Nicky Mora, a Zoo spokesperson, declared that zoo proprietors have meticulously watched the paining classes, while the animals were actually given loads of snacks due to their…

The funds raised from the auction benefit the zoo’s conservation partners, such as the Budongo Snare Removal Project, which works to remove traps from a Ugandan forest reserve. Other animals who pitched in for the cause include Donna (an African elephant), Jennifer (a Ring-Tailed lemur), Zoe (a hyena), and, our personal favorite, Maggie (a Nigerian Dwarf goat).

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