GardenNews.biz - Mar 04,2017 - Art Goes Wild at the ABQ BioPark
New online gallery sells art made by animals
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The New Mexico BioPark Society is now offering art created by ABQ BioPark animals online at www.bioparksociety.org.
From primate Pollocks to rhinoceros Rothkos, the BioPark's herd of talented artists includes elephants, big cats, alligators, snakes, insects and many other species.
Art collectors and animal enthusiasts can browse the online gallery to purchase original works ranging from $30-$250. Proceeds from the Art Gone Wild gallery directly fund the animal artists' care and well-being. This includes essential extras such as enrichment items and veterinary tools.
BioPark animals create on canvas with non-toxic paint. Some animals paint with brushes, but other artists use their paws, noses, bellies, lips, feet and fingers. For example, Reese the young orangutan prefers to delicately paint with her fingers. Alligators create "body art" by walking, sliding and scampering through small pools of paint on the canvas. Rhinos paint with their lips, which often results in biscuit crumbs mixing with the colors on their canvas.
Painting provides enrichment for the animals and is not a regular part of their routine. Painting encourages mental stimulation, physical activity and interaction with novel smells and textures. Zookeepers also use painting sessions as a fun way for the animals to practice important skills such as taking and returning an item, using tools or sitting at a specific location.
Art Gone Wild purchases can be shipped anywhere in the United States.