Wednesday, March 18, 2009
An undiscovered Jackson Pollack? A toddler's painting? No, it was one of approximately 50 paintings that Kamala, one of Calgary's Zoo's three female Asian elephants produces as part of their enrichment program for these animals.
Elephants have been observed in the wild using sticks or rocks to scratch patterns in the sand and dust, a behaviour that has been explained by some naturalists as a possible expression of mood. Although all three of the Zoo's female elephants have been given the opportunity to paint as a part of the enrichment program, Kamala is the only one who has shown a continuing interest.
Kamala uses specially designed brushes to hold in her trunk as she applies acrylic paints to canvas on an easel.
Go here to learn more about Kamala's art and to purchase one of her paintings.
It seems the elephant world has talent as you'll see in this video clip of one animal who paints her own self portrait!