Unique Animal Art
Our keepers 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. Using non-toxic paint on canvas and a little help from their keepers, our animals create their very own masterpieces. From paw prints to broad brush strokes, each artists’ creation is one of a kind.
Your purchase includes: an unmatted flat canvas, a photo of the animal artist, and shipping & handling (international freight may accrue extra postal fees).
Our Asian elephant herd loves to paint, and they each have their own unique style. To make their signature elephant kisses, our elephants (with the help of their keepers) gently press their noses to the canvas leaving the special heart shaped print behind. 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 come up with.
Art by Elephants
Elephant Double Kiss Print: Shanti and Baylor
Elephant Double Kiss Print: Shanti and Joy
Elephant Double Kiss Print: Tess and Tilly
Elephant Kiss and Spray: Shanti and Baylor 5
Elephant Kiss and Spray: Shanti and Baylor 6
"Royalty in Rhapsody" by Methai
"Flower Fields" by Duncan
"Fairy Garden" by Methai
"Warmer Weather" by Methai
Using their noses, our California sea lions gently press their faces into a canvas. This activity provides one-on-one interaction time with their animal care team and strengthens the relationship between the sea lions and zookeepers. Plus, it results in a totally adorable painting for you!
Looking for a custom painting option? Enjoy our sea lion painting experience where you can watch our sea lion artists and their keepers create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for you. A perfect gift for art lovers!
Art by Sea Lions
Rainbo- The Eclectus 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. 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 and often leans away eyeing it critically before adding more paint to his masterpieces.
Art by Rainbo
Our orangutan family enjoys painting and each work of art represents the temperament of the artists. Rudi loves to paint and often stops for “inspiration breaks” to enjoy his favorite treats. Kelly is observant and has incredible patience. Cheyenne is smart, strong-willed and though she is the oldest orangutan at the Houston Zoo, she is the youngest at heart. Whether using gentle brush strokes, bold finger marks or occasionally various mixed mediums – their artwork is guaranteed to be one of a kind.
Art by Orangutans
Denver the Blue and Gold Macaw
Denver is one of the most active Ambassador Animals and enjoys getting personal attention from his trainers. This colorful painter has a personality as bright as his feathers and can often be heard calling to his keepers throughout the day. Denver uses a paintbrush and, holding it in his beak, moves the brush in long, sweeping strokes to create his masterpiece.