|September 14, 2012 -
Knoxville Zoo will be featuring some of the wildest art
you've ever seen at a special after-hours event. Art Gone Wild!, a special
show and sale of original artwork created by zoo animals, will be held on
Friday, September 21, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Knoxville Zoo.
Art Gone Wild! patrons can enjoy wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres as they
peruse inspired works available for purchase by some of the zoo's artists in
residence. The offering includes paintings by black bears, chimpanzees
(with special pieces by youngster George), Western lowland gorillas,
African elephants, African painted dogs, meerkats, beavers, North American
river otters, African lions, Malayan and Bengal tigers, South African
penguins, red river hogs, Sicilian donkeys, Hamadryas baboons, Grant's
zebras, Southern white rhinos, and the zoo's African crested porcupine. The
show will also feature collaborative works created by multiple animals.
Guests will get a chance to see some of the artists at work when the African
elephants demonstrate their painting skills for event-goers. The evening will
also feature special training and enrichment sessions with zoo animals.
All proceeds from Art Gone Wild! go to fund the zoo's enrichment program,
which is an integral part of the zoo's animal husbandry practices that
ensures the physical and psychological well-being of the animals in the zoo's care. By incorporating interesting objects,
scents and foods, as well as training and painting sessions into the daily activities the animals experience, zoo keepers
make sure their charges are stimulated both mentally and physically. The zoo's enrichment program contributes
significantly to the overall health and happiness of the animals and also has the benefit of improving the success of
breeding programs and adaptability to new situations.
Art Gone Wild! is for guests 21 years and older, and a photo ID will be required to enter the event. Tickets are $30
per person and are available online at www.knoxvillezoo.org, by phone at 865-637-5331 and at the zoo's ticket
window during business hours as well as the evening of the event. Zoo members receive a $5 discount. Tickets are
limited for this event, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of advance purchase options.
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open
every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.
Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m.
until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3
p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.