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Animal Art

Every purchase helps save animals in the wild.

The Keepers at the Houston Zoo work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day by introducing fun, interesting and complex activities, such as painting, to the animals’ daily routine.

Animals enjoy painting using non-toxic paint on canvas and a little help from their keepers to create their very own masterpieces. From paw prints to broad brush strokes, each artists’ creation is one of a kind.

Included in Your Purchase

  • Unmatted flat canvas
  • A photo of the animal artist with a short biography
  • Shipping & Handling

Artist Profile

Asian Elephants

Our Asian elephant herd loves to paint, and they each have their own unique style. Gently holding a paint brush with their trunks, they sweep paint across the canvas to create one of a kind works of art. Everyone gets in on the fun- even our patriarch Thailand. Painting is a great way that our animal care team creates meaningful relationships with each of our elephants and we love to see what creations they can come up with.

Art by our Elephant Herd

Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 11×14

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Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 16×20

$200

 

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Size: 16×20

$200

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Size: 16×20

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Size: 16×20

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Artist Profile

Li Ming: Red Panda

Li Ming has lived at the Houston Zoo since 2015. She creates her works of art by walking across the canvas. Thick fur covers red panda’s entire bodies, even the soles of their feet, which means you’ll see imprints of all that fur in Li Ming’s paw print masterpieces. Li Ming’s favorite activity, besides interacting with her Zoo Keepers, is sleeping. Red pandas can sleep 16-18 hours a day! They need to rest from being so cute.

Art by Li Ming

Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 11×14

$150

Artist Profile

Meerkats

The meerkat mob will always make you smile as you watch these small creatures standing on their hind legs, absorbing the warmth of the sun on their bellies, furiously digging for food, or comically wrestling with each other. You can often see evidence of their tiny paws and sometimes even their tails on every piece of art they create.

Art by Meerkats

Size: 11×14

$150

 

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Size: 11×14

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Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 8×10

$75

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Size: 8×10

$75

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Size: 8×10

$75

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Artist Profile

Belle and Willow: American Black Bear

Belle and Willow came to the Houston Zoo in 2013 from California where they were being fed by patrons of a restaurant and appeared to be orphaned. US Fish and Wildlife rescued them and asked the Houston Zoo if we could offer them a home. Belle, the larger of the two, can often be seen playing in the pool and rough-housing with Willow. Willow is the mastermind behind the brawn of Belle. She is smaller and enjoys engaging with her enrichment. Their artwork is dramatic and eye-catching, with full paw prints that can be seen across the canvas.

 

Art by Belle and Willow

Size: 16×20

$200

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Size: 16×20

$200

 

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Size: 16×20

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Artist Profile

Sea Lions

Our sea lions are crowd favorites and fantastic artists! They create their masterpieces by holding a modified paintbrush with their mouths and moving it back and forth across the canvas. Their art is full of movement and whimsy, just like the sea lions themselves. With broad, bright strokes, and the occasional nose print, their creations almost come to life.

Art by Sea Lions

Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 11×14

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Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 8×10

$75

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Size: 8×10

$75

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Size: 8×10

$75

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Artist Profile

Rainbo: Ecelectus Parrot

Born here at the Houston Zoo in 1991, Rainbo is a wonderful ambassador to his species and is often seen during special events at the zoo. Painting is something that Rainbo does as training and enrichment. He uses a paintbrush, held in his beak, and moves his head to create streaks of paint on the canvas. He is very deliberate about where he places the paint on the canvas. He often leans away from the canvas eyeing it critically before adding more paint to his masterpieces.

Art by Rainbo the Parrot

Size: 8×10

$75

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Size: 11×14

$150

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Size: 11×14

$150

 

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Purchase a Custom Painting

Choose your favorite artist and have a custom painting made just for you based on your color choices. Each painting is unique and each artist has his or her very different techniques. Paintings will be shipped within six weeks after you order.

$250 per painting

16 x 20 flat canvas

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