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Posted by Tara Henson on 07/25/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        July 25, 2014


CONTACTS:  Tara Henson:   (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell, or [email protected]

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       From gorillas to giraffes and stingrays to sea lions, art is created using a wild palette at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo will be hosting its fifth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the a.k.a. gallery (3001 Paseo) in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District from August 1-30, 2014.  The public is also invited to the exhibition’s opening night, Friday, August 1, from 6 -10 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk.

       The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented, animal artists made especially for the show (with some help from their care givers). Techniques vary by animal. Some animals enjoy using paint brushes while others choose to paint with their trunks, paws and even noses!

       The exhibition provides guests an opportunity to view and purchase these one-of-a-kind works of art.  Net proceeds support the Zoo’s conservation initiatives, including the PanEco/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program; Jatun Sacha Foundation, Ecuador; and Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya.  Donations through a candy buffet provided by 42nd Street Candy Company on opening night will be used to fund future art supplies and canvases.

       Art by zoo animals is part of the animal enrichment process of providing a stimulating environment which addresses an animal's social, psychological and physical needs. Creating art is safe for the animals; the paints are non-toxic and washable. New art is continuously added to the show as the animals get creative.  Togo, one of the Zoo’s silverback gorillas, is a new artist, along with giraffes Bogy, Ursula, Noel and Ellie. Paintings by Gus, aVon der Decken's hornbill, and Zeppy, a Salmon-crested cockatoo, show off their newly acquired mastery of using a paint brush. Back by popular demand, Malee, the Zoo’s toddler elephant, has painted more of her “Malee Kisses.” Other featured artists include Komodo dragons, orangutans, red river hogs and Galapagos tortoises.

       a.k.a gallery is hosting the annual Art Gone Wild show for the first time. The large, contemporary gallery has an open setting with an onsite gift shop and studio.  Regular gallery hours are Monday - Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday until 7 p.m.

       Get out and get wild about art! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Summer hours of operation through August 24 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily.  Also, the Zoo stays open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays with exhibit buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. through August 30. 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 through social media at , Twitter @okczoo and Instagram. To learn more about these and other OKC Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit




Editor’s Note: For information about a.k.a. gallery, contact Ashley Griffith at (405)606-2522 or


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