CINCINNATI, OH (July 6, 2021) – Bids for unique art from talented Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden animal artists are being accepted now through July 11! Items available in the Zoo’s Animal Art Auction fundraiser include masterpieces from Mai-Thai the elephant, Jomo the gorilla, and works of art from world-famous hippo Fiona’s yellow, blue, and red periods!
“Painting is an enrichment activity that some animals enjoy. It’s always voluntary and the paint that we use is non-toxic, so it’s safe for them,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “Mai-Thai the elephant has been painting for years, and she’s pretty good!”
Proceeds from the Art Auction help with the care and feeding of the animal artists and other Zoo residents. Support from fundraisers is critical to the Zoo as it tries to recover from a difficult 2020.