Oakland Zoo Auctions Paintings Done By Elephants, Giraffes And Many Other Animals For A Good Cause

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The Oakland Zoo in California is auctioning off 32 paintings produced by lemurs, elephants, sun bears, lions, bats (yes, really!), among many other animals.

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Bids start around $200 and 100% of the proceeds will go to support the zoo’s conservation programs for animals in the wild.

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Each painting is framed and comes with a photo of the artist and his or her biography. So sweet!

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Some of the animals held the paint brushes with their mouths, while others preferred to finger paint. The ones lucky enough to have opposable thumbs painted just like we would (and probably better!)

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“We hold up the canvas and let them choose their colors and paint,” Margaret Rousser, a zoological manager at the zoo told USA Today.

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The first ever auction was held last year, where the zoo auctioned 12 paintings by nine different species and raised $10,000.

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Check out some of the artwork on their website!

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I’m pretty sure these animals can paint better than I can!!

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