WCS Animal Enrichment Program

Sea Lion Painting Photo
Sea lions are painting, as part of the latest innovation from the Bronx Zoo’s Animal Enrichment Program.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Sea Lion Painting Photo
Bronx Zoo staff members are always looking to find unique ways for the animals to exercise their minds, express creativity, and have fun.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Sea Lion Painting Photo
With the brush comfortably in her mouth, sea lion Indy learned how to move her head in a manner that replicates a stroking motion. It wasn’t long before this quick learner got creative.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Sea Lion Painting Video
Was it a landscape? A portrait? Whatever it was, Indy the sea lion seemed to enjoy producing it. In the latest innovation from the Enrichment Program at the Bronx Zoo, animals are learning to paint.
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Porcupine Painting Photo
Elephants’ agile trunks allow them to experiment with several “brushstrokes” without the use of a brush.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Goat Painting Photo
At the Prospect Park Zoo, a goat finds a creative way to brush paint onto paper as part of the WCS Animal Enrichment Program.
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Porcupine Painting Photo
Porcupines at the Prospect Park Zoo also participate in the Animal Enrichment Program’s painting activities. Their quills supplement the brush!
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The WCS Animal Enrichment Program is a key component of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of the thousands of creatures in our care. The program provides animals at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo with new opportunities to exercise both mind and body.

As the newest activity in our enrichment repertoire, WCS’s gorillas, elephants, goats, sea lions, and pygmy porcupines are learning to make colorful artwork with non-toxic paint, under the guidance of animal trainers and keepers.

This unique activity, and many of the activities of WCS’s Animal Enrichment Program are supported by Benjamin Moore & Co. and Natura, its new line of non-toxic, odorless paint.

WCS and Benjamin Moore Paints are inspired by nature and committed in their efforts to preserve, protect, and beautify the environment. Be inspired and take action in your everyday life to save wildlife and wild places.

For more about Natura, the greenest, lowest emissions paint from Benjamin Moore, visit, www.benjaminmoore.com/natura and Benjamin Moore’s homepage http://www.benjaminmoore.com/