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Pongos Helping Pongos Art Event
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Masihara Pavilion at the Houston Zoo
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$10 minimum donation to enter
The Houston Zoo cordially invites you to the ten year anniversary of Pongos Helping Pongos art event. View original artwork created by orangutans and other Houston Zoo animal artists. All the proceeds are donated to help save wild orangutans in their natural habitats. Since 2004, five Pongos Helping Pongos events have been held every two years, and they have raised a total of more than $200,000 for conservation efforts in southeast Asia.
Pongos Helping Pongos has expanded to include several other species that call the southeast Asian rain forests home. You will not only find paintings by our talented orangutan artists but elephants, clouded leopard, siamangs and binturongs as well. And not to be left out, some very talented and generous Houston area artists have collaborated with our animals on several very unique, one-of-a-kind paintings that are well worth seeing.
Painting provides Zoo animals an outlet to express their intelligence, personalities, and abilities.
The keepers at the Houston Zoo work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day by adding interesting and complex activities to the animals’ daily routine. Enrichment activities are fun for both animals and keepers. We have found many of our animals enjoy painting with canvases, non-toxic paints and a little help from their keepers to create their very own masterpieces. Each painting is unique and each artist has his or her very different and unique techniques.
“Pongo” is the scientific genus name for the orangutan. There are two species, named for the islands they are found: Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. It is only on these islands that orangutans are found in the world, and their habitat is under threat.
Pongos Helping Pongos supports the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project in Sabah, Malaysia and field conservation efforts at Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park. These areas represent some of the last remaining habitats for wild orangutans. The Kinabatangan Program includes assessment and monitoring of orangutan population health and genetic status, studies of orangutan ecological adaptation to degraded and fragmented habitat, development of policies for population management within and outside protected areas, and community engagement and education in the conservation of orangutans and habitat including environmental education programs for Malaysian school children.
For more information, or to help support this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Artwork From the 2012 Pongos Helping Pongos