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Art Gone Wild 

       The fifth annual "Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals" will be held at a.ka. gallery, in the historic Paseo Arts District, from Friday, August 1, 2014 through Sunday, August 31. The exhibit showcases original art by the animal artists.

       Each work of art has been made especially for the show by the Zoo’s resident animal artists, with some help from their keepers. Some animals use a p

aint brush while others choose to paint with their paws, claws, tails and scales. Artist animals will include elephants, snakes, rhinoceros, flamingos, grizzly bears, fish and more! Each painting is unique, and each artist has his or her unique techniques. All proceeds from the Zoo animal artwork support Zoo conservation and enrichment programs.

       The keepers at the Zoo work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day. They add interesting and complex activities to the animals’ daily routines. Enrichment activities are fun for both animals and keepers. Zoo staff has found that many of our animals enjoy painting as an enrichment activity. They are given canvases and non-toxic paints to use as they create their masterpieces. With a little help from their keepers and sometimes a paintbrush, they create beautiful works of art!

       For questions about the paintings or to purchase a painting, call between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., any day of the week at (405) 425-0262 or e-mail us at [email protected].


red river hog painting      art gone wild


A complete gallery of available Art Gone Wild paintings is located under the Conservation page by clicking here.

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