Painting Pachyderm at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Sunday 2 October 2011
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s resident artist is busy putting the finishing touches to her latest masterpieces, ready to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day this weekend.
Karishma, a 13-year old female Asian elephant, has turned out to be quite the talented painter, and loves nothing more than using her trunk to wield a brush and create colourful designs on canvas.
Elephant keeper Elizabeth Becker says: “Karishma really enjoys painting, and it demonstrates just how dexterous elephant’s trunks really are.
Whilst her paintings may not be as detailed as a Da Vinci, we think the finished products are pretty amazing!”
Karishma’s handiwork (well, trunk-work!) will be on display at the Zoo for the duration of Elephant Appreciation Weekend . Hosted by ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to raise money for its worldwide elephant conservation projects, the celebrations will be held over Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.