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• To ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our Re-Opening FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
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Original painting by western lowland gorilla, Little Joe

Animal Art Auction

July 29 – August 7

Become a patron of the wild arts while bidding in our Animal Art Auction! All of the artwork was created by the animal residents at Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo! Online bidding will be available July 29 – August 7. 

View and Bid on Artwork


Featured artists include Little Joe, a western lowland gorilla, Fia, a red panda, Menelik, a Grevy’s zebra, and Chad and Amari, Masai giraffe. Our newest artists, ostriches Wub and Julius, have their first featured masterpiece in the online auction.

All proceeds from the Animal Art Auction will benefit Zoo New England’s All for Our Animals Fund. In response to the global pandemic, we established the All for Our Animals Fund to provide essential daily care for the animals at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, including healthy diets, veterinary care, and enrichment activities. Now that our gates are open, this includes extra precautions to ensure a safe environment for animals, staff, and guests alike.

The Art of Enrichment

Paintings are a regular enrichment activity for the animals, and are always done using non-toxic paint or food coloring and natural materials. Through specialized enrichment and training programs, our dedicated animal care team encourages animals to use their natural abilities and behaviors to interact with their environment. As with all training and enrichment activities, animal paintings are done voluntarily.

While the painting results are beautiful and truly one-of-a-kind, the activity provides important opportunities for mental and physical stimulation. For Little Joe, a western lowland gorilla, his trademark painting style is finger painting, and he often enjoys raisins and peanuts as a special painting snack during this activity. Creative training sessions, like painting, elicit natural grabbing behaviors from Fia, a female red panda. Red pandas spend a considerable amount of time grabbing and holding bamboo – a main component of their diet. Fia holds the paintbrush similarly to how she holds bamboo, and enjoys treats including grapes, during her painting sessions. For Hutch, a Canada lynx, batting the paintbrush while the zookeeper holds the canvas is similar to how he bats around his other enrichment toys – one of his favorite activities.