Denver Zoo – Denver Zoo Art for Animals
Auction Ends: Dec 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST


"Graffiti" By Denver Zoo Asian Elephant Mimi

Item Number
Estimated Value
$410 USD to zoolover
Number of Bids
16  -  Bid History

Item Description

Mimi is one of the longest-living residents at Denver Zoo. This Asian elephant came to the zoo in 1961 and is 50-years-old. Picking up sticks is a natural behavior for elephants and picking up a paintbrush and holding it in their trunk is a naturally occurring behavior that zoo keepers have turned into an enriching activity for the animals. Not only is painting enjoyable for Mimi, it is also a mentally stimulating activity that helps keeps her mind active.

When Mimi is not leaving her impressions in the art world she enjoys munching on her favorite snack, watermelon.

Item Special Note

This painting has a "spray paint" effect because Mimi sprayed the paint onto the canvas using her trunk. The black paint in this painting is an elephant "kiss" made from Mimi's trunk print.

This painting is 20" x 20" and includes a picture and biography of the artist.