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The Houston Zoo’s 5th Pongos Helping Pongos Art Event was March 10, 2012, at the G Gallery. Our previous event made $25,000 for orangutan and elephant conservation.
This very special evening featured over 40 individual paintings done by our orangutans, elephants, siamangs, babirusa, clouded leopards and this year introducing, binturong. Each painting will be professionally framed thanks to our partners at YolArt Fine Arts and accompanied by conservation information and an animal artist biography.
All the paintings, photographs and portraits were sold by silent auction with all the proceeds donated to the preservation of orangutans in their natural habitats.
The benefits of this program are many. It provides Zoo animals an outlet to express their intelligence, personalities, and abilities. It allows them to fulfill their mission as ambassadors for their species. It generates precious funds that support conservation actions on the ground and behavioral enrichment initiatives at the Zoo. At the same time, this program engages the local community, creating a deeper appreciation for the lives of all animals and inspiring a greater concern for their well-being. And all of this is achieved through the exhibition and sale of the animals’ own art, an annual event that we call Pongos Helping Pongos. Pongo is the scientific name for orangutans, so this translates as Orangutans Helping Orangutans.
Since 2004, Pongos Helping Pongos has raised nearly $130,000 for the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project and Elephant Conservation Program in Sukau, Sabah, Malaysia and $20,000 in support of field conservation efforts at Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park. Both projects are located on the island of Borneo and represent some of the last remaining habitats for wild orangutans. In addition, a portion of the annual art sales are applied toward orangutan behavioral enrichment projects at the Houston Zoo. The Houston Zoo is proud to be a partner of the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program, supporting research, education, and awareness programs for orangutans, elephants, and habitat protection in the region.
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