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Posted by Tara Henson on 07/22/2013

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Rhino Renoirs, python Picassos, okapi O’Keeffes…our artists use tails, claws, paws, snouts and more to create their masterpieces! The Oklahoma City Zoo will host its fourth annual Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals art show at In Your Eye Gallery, 3005A Paseo, Oklahoma City, 73103, in the Historic Paseo Arts District. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. coinciding with the Paseo Arts District’s First Fridays. The show runs through Saturday, August 31. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery/show is free.

Pieces for the show are all original paintings created by various species including elephants, birds, reptiles, red river hogs, gorillas and more. With assistance from their caregivers, the Zoo’s talented animals put their best beak, flipper or trunk forward and let the creativity flow! Painting sessions are fun for the animals, as well as their caregivers, and are part of the Zoo’s animal enrichment process of providing a stimulating environment that addresses an animal's social, psychological and physical needs. All paintings are created with non-toxic, washable paints that are safe for the animals to use. Art is continuously being created and new Zoo artists are featured each year. This year Malee, the Zoo’s elephant calf, is making her solo debut and her trunk print paintings will be showcased. Art Gone Wild allows guests the opportunity to view and purchase these one-of-a-kind works of art while supporting animal conservation. Net proceeds from the show will support the Zoo’s conservation initiatives both locally and globally.

In addition to the animal art and new this year, the In Your Eye artists have created distinctive art works using ostrich eggs from the Zoo. The exhibition will also feature new graphics explaining the artistic process through interactive QR codes that display various video clips. 

Animal art enthusiasts be sure to visit the Zoo’s historical museum, the ZooZeum, to view its current exhibit, “Enriched, Animal Art by Oklahoma City Zoo Animals” featuring unique works of art by Zoo animals. The exhibit was in partnership with the Oklahoma History Center where it displayed through June 2013. Now, the exhibit will reside in the ZooZeum’s Main Gallery through October 14. QR codes on the art labels provide videos of animals as they paint their artwork. The ZooZeum’s flat screen features other types of enrichment enjoyed by Zoo animals. Free with Zoo admission.

Make plans to attend Art Gone Wild. Together through wild art, we can make a difference for wildlife! The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Now through August 25, the Zoo is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Morning Zoo Rise. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. The Zoo is open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays through September 7. Buildings close at 7:45 p.m. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit

Editor’s note: Photos of animals painting and showcased pieces available through the Zoo’s Public Relations Department.


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