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 protecting 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.
Tricia’s artwork is delicate and gentle and often ends up with irregular-shaped splatters, she is also known for her beautiful elephant kisses. Tricia enjoys daily walks around the Zoo plus therapeutic massages to assist with age-related aches and pains. Tricia is our big solar panel – where the sun is shining, you'll find Tricia standing and soaking it up.
Permai's enthusiastic sprays are very powerful and can vary from fine symmetrical shapes to large globs of paint. Being extremely food motivated, Permai learns new behaviours very quickly when encouraged with food rewards. She is a cheeky elephant full of energy, constantly wanting to help her keepers. She’s also known as the resident horticulturist, regularly trimming around her yard.
Putra Mas’ sprays can be very powerful with symmetrical and even distribution of colour on his canvas. You may hear Putra Mas during the day. He makes so many different noises from squeaks and trumpets to loud rumbles, especially when one of his keepers greets him. At Perth Zoo, we ensure we give our boy the stimulation, exercise and equipment he needs to keep his mind and body healthy and occupied.
Ele Spray Painting
The elephants know how to pick up water and spray themselves down. They do this to cool themselves down. Our elephant team have slightly modified that natural behaviour to allow us to do the spray paintings.
Ele Brush Painting
Elephants know how to draw in the sand with sticks and rocks and our team has slightly modified this behaviour to drawing on the easel.
Ele Kiss Painting
One of the most popular of our elephant artwork range, our resident artists pucker up and give you a kiss to remember – on paper of course!
These original footprints get a BIG stamp of approval from our Eles!
Ele footprints are so artistic, they can almost be mistaken for a botanical plant.
Put a couple of tonne on your wall – it will be a talking point.
Purchase Ele Art
Visit our Wild Art Gallery and Zoo Shop to choose from a range of Elephant Art. If you’re looking for something a little different, arrange an appointment by calling: 9474 0444 or email email@example.com
|A5 Spray or brush
|A4 Spray or brush
|A4 Double Kiss
|Triple Kiss with Spray
|A3 Spray or brush
|A2 Spray, Brush or Footprint
|A1 Spray or brush
|Jumbo Spray or Brush
(1,300 x 700)
A range of stunning limited-edition animal images by renowned, award-winning photographer Alex Cearns and talented Perth Zoo photographers.
Purchase Wild Art
A range of stunning limited-edition animal images by renowned, award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns and Perth Zoo photographers.