Elephants are natural artists. They are well known to doodle in the dirt with sticks. Ele Art is a stunning by-product of Perth Zoo’s enrichment program for elephants. Our enrichment program involves a wide array of behavioural and physical activities that keep our elephants stimulated and their days varied and interesting.
The paints used are animal friendly and are 100% non-toxic. Each piece is an original and no two pieces are ever the same. Each elephant has their own painting ‘signature’, painting with their own distinctive style.
As well as their main painting styles of brush, spray and elephant trunk kisses, the elephants add their own touches to these by roller painting, single pot painting, four pot painting and directional style painting.
Funds raised from the sale of each masterpiece helps Perth Zoo protect Sumatran Elephants in the wild. This includes supporting local patrol units to monitor and protect one of the last remaining herds of Sumatran Elephants in the world within the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem.
How is the elephant art produced?
Our elephants take part in exercise and enrichment programs to keep them physically and mentally healthy. All of our enrichment programs are assessed by veterinary teams and zoologists using an animal welfare framework.
Our keepers are highly skilled experts. They enjoy close relationships with our animals based on trust and respect, which is why our elephants love participating in painting activities. It is a very positive, exciting and stimulating experience for them.