Animal Artwork

The keepers at the Saint Louis Zoo work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day. They add interesting and complex activities to the animals’ daily routine. Enrichment activities are fun for both animals and keepers.

The Saint Louis Zoo keepers offer paints and canvas to some of our animals, resulting in beautiful works of art. Every original painting is very different from the next. Proceeds from the sale of animal artwork benefit the St. Louis Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) for projects and programs to save endangered and threatened species from extinction.

Rhino Paintings

The Zoo's rhinos use their prehensile lips to spread non-toxic paints in various colors on the canvases. These stunning abstract works are very popular.  See video

Medium painting: 8"x10" - $50

Penguin Paintings

Our paintings by penguins are made with the witty inspiration of two Magellanic penguins in the Zoo’s Penguin & Puffin Coast. The penguins walk through non-toxic paints in various colors, then walk all over the canvases, resulting in stunning abstract works of art! (They even stand back and admire their art from time to time!)

Medium painting: 8” x 10” - $50

Insect Paintings

Our paintings by a variety of insects are an interspecies collaboration between bug and zookeeper at the Insectarium. A small amount of non-toxic paints are applied to the feet of our selected artistes and then allowed to amble, scramble and crawl over the canvases. With multiple individuals working on one painting (and extra legs to boot!) the end result is a colorful explosion of invertebrate expressionism. Artists include maggots, waxworms, beetles and roaches to name a few.

Medium painting: 8” x 10” - $50

Reptile & Amphibian Paintings

Snakes, turtles and lizards from the Herpetarium make unique artistic patterns as they slither or crawl through non-toxic paints and across the canvases. Our amphibians are watercolor artists, of course! Current painters include the Western chuckwalla, McCord's box turtle, hellbenders, frogs, indigo snake and bull snake.

Paintings range in size from 6"x6" to 16"x20" ($20-$100)

Availability of sizes and styles will vary throughout the year.

Seasonal Animal Art

Throughout the year, we will have a random selection of artwork by various animals including rhinos, hoofed stock, lemurs, big cats and reptiles. Because some of these animals do artwork on a very limited basis only at certain times of the year, we cannot guarantee selection and sizes. Please check this web page for new arrivals.

Place an Order

To place an order for artwork, please e-mail AAZK at

Please give the following information (all fields are required) and someone will get in touch with you regarding your order.

Phone Number:
Art piece or pieces: (i.e. large penguin painting)
Qty: of each piece

All artwork is sold unframed. Prices do not include shipping and handling.