Animal Art Adventures

​Take home a one-of-a-kind work of animal art!​

​​​​A penguin Picasso. A walrus Warhol. A dolphin Dali. The Zoo has lots of talented animal artists who can create a one-of-a-kind work of art just for you! These special experiences take you and up to three guests behind the scenes to meet one of our animal artists that will then create a personalized painting just for you to take home. You can even choose the colors!

Programs run on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. For more inormation about each adventure just click on the topic names below. To view available dates please use the online reservation system. 

Cost: Zoo Member $260; non-member $285. Includes Zoo admission and valid for up to four participants.​ 

Art Adventures sell out fast, so register now!​ For more information, please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.

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 ​Program Topics


Not only are dolphins amongst the world's most intelligent animals, they are fantastic painters as well! A Dolphin Art Adventure takes participants behind the scenes where you will meet a dolphin up close and learn about some of the things that make this dolphin unique in our pod. The fantastic artwork the dolphin creates will be yours to take home! [close]


As the world's largest land mammal, elephants may seem cumbersome. But did you know their agile prehensile trunks also allow them to do some amazing work with an artist's brush? An Elephant Art Adventure takes participants behind the scenes in the elephant barn, where they meet an elephant, learn about some of the things that make this elephant unique in our herd and walk away with their very own piece of elephant artwork! [close]


Talk about happy feet — our penguins can not only keep the beat, they can also create beautiful art! A Penguin Art Adventure will take participants behind the scenes in Oceans, where they will meet a penguin, learn about some of the things that make these marine birds unique in the bird world, and receive their own penguin art! This program is available from April through September. [close]


Who knew that natural swimmers could also paint such beautiful pictures ?Belonging to a group known as pinnipeds, our seals, sea lions and walruses have an amazing knack for art! In our Pinniped Art Adventures, participants will meet a seal, sea lion or walrus, learn about some of the things that make that animal unique in the group and get your very own pinniped art! (Please note that only one of the three animals will be chosen for your adventure. Also, we cannot accept special requests for the pinniped used.) This program is available on select dates February-May, and October. [close]


Rhinos may be best known for their huge horns, but did you know our rhinos can use this awesome adaptation to paint? Come meet one of our horned pachyderm painters and get a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art! This program is available on select Sundays. [close]

Requirements for Participation

  • Participants of an A​nimal Art Adventure must be at least 6 years old. Participants aged 6 to 13 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant.

  • Participants of an Animal Art Adventure must have a signed waiver of liability before beginning the Art Adventure. Participants under the age of 18 years will need this waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

  • If someone in the group has a special need or mobility issue, please contact us in advance so that we can better accommodate the need.​

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