HOUSTON, TX – Theyre going “wild” at the Houston Zoo these days. No, we’re not “lion.”
Meet Methai, she’s a 44-year-old Asian Elephant and she’s also an artist. NewsFix stopped by the zoo so she could show off her skills. Pretty impressive.
“Methai paint. Good girl,” says Elephant Keeper, Jack Pine.
She’s a true talent, but Methai isn’t the only artist at the zoo. Rudi is a 36-year-old Pongo. Pongo is the scientific class name for Orangutans. Rudi also likes to dabble in the arts.
“Rudy is one of our best painters. He loves to paint- not only his canvases but his surroundings, whether it be his play structure or his toys- and he could spend all day painting,” says Lucy Dee Sheppard, a Senior Primate Zookeeper.
But Rudi is the “Raj Koothrappali” of the orangutan world. Yep, Rudi is shy around women so he didn’t want to paint in front of the crowd today. He did paint some of his play area; but seemed more interested in eating the paint. When he’s not being a temperamental he turns out Jackson Pollack type work. Rudi’s paintings sold last year, and if you’d like to own your own Rudi or Methai you can.
Every year the zoo auctions off all the animals’ artwork raise money for conservation. It’s called Pongos helping Pongos and it’s on April 10th. For more information go to: HoustonZoo.org.
This is your chance to own a true work of art.