With their paws, claws, noses and even lips; many of the animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo have been creating new masterpieces for this year’s Art Gone Wild art show.
The Oklahoma City Zoo hosted its third annual “Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals” art show at the In Your Eye Studio and Gallery in the historic Paseo Arts District showcasing original art by their own animal artists.
Each work of art has been made especially for the show by the Zoo’s talented residents, with some help from their caregivers. Art by zoo animals is part of the ‘animal enrichment’ process of providing a stimulating environment that addresses an animal’s social, psychological and physical needs. Techniques vary by animal; some use a brush while others enjoy rolling in, slithering through or spraying paint onto their canvases. 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.
The annual exhibition allows guests a rare opportunity to view and purchase these one-of-a-kind works of art. All proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation projects. Last year 50% of the proceeds supported okapi conservation. The Zoo will be sending funds to The Okapi Wildlife Reserve near the village of Epulu in the Democratic Republic of Congo which came under attack on June 24 2012. Seven citizens and fourteen okapis were killed in the raid. Okapis are extremely endangered and though they have physical similarities to zebras they are more closely related to giraffes. The Zoo is home to four okapis.
You can still purchase a painting on this site and your buy will be for a purpose: animal conservation. To learn more about Art Gone Wild and other zoo happenings, visit okczoo.com. Become a Zoo fan at www.facebook.com/okczoobg or follow the zoo on Twitter @okczoo.