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. All paints are non-toxic for the animals.

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. 

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 Arakan forest turtle, Aldabra tortoise, McCord's box turtle, Armenian viper, bullsnake, indigo snake, shingle backed skink, chuckwalla and hellbender.

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $50
11x14- $75
16x20 - $100 

Big Cat Paintings

The cat painters include cheetah, jaguar and tiger.

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $50
11x14- $75
16x20 - $100 

Primate Paintings

These extremely intelligent creatures work industriously and think about every stroke they make on canvas. They begin with a canvas blobbed with dollops of non-toxic paint in strategic places, and their creativity is expressed through finger painting. The apes and primates that paint include gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee, swamp monkey and spider monkey.

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $50
11x14- $75
16x20 - $100 

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 Lubber's grasshopper, waxworms, millipedes and more.

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $50
11x14- $75
16x20 - $100 

Sea Lion Paintings

These painting pinnipeds use a specially adapted paintbrush that they can grasp in their mouth. 

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $50

Rhino and Hippo Paintings

Even the hefty pachyderms work on art pieces in their enrichment training. The Zoo's rhinos use their prehensile lips to spread non-toxic paints in various colors on the canvases. See video. Hippos have a completely different style and make unique artwork with their giant noses — a hippo kiss!

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $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!)

5x7 - $25
8x10 - $50
11x14- $75
16x20 - $100 

Other Animal Art

Please email our animal art representatives for availability of inventory.

Throughout the year, we will have a random selection of artwork by various other animals. 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. 

Place an Order

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

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

Name:
Mailing address (include city and state):
Phone Number:
Art piece(s) and size: (example: 5x7 penguin painting)
Quantity of each piece:

All artwork is sold unframed. Shipping cost is $8 for 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14, and $14 for size 16x20.