Meal worms, Paint and Meerkats create masterpiece at the Knoxville Zoo

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The animals at the Knoxville Zoo are showing off their creative side by designing one-of-a-kind artworks for the annual Art Gone Wild! event coming up this Friday.

Art Gone Wild! is an after hours "grown up" event that offers original artwork created by the animals at the Knoxville Zoo.

Tina Rolen, of the Knoxville Zoo said "We'll have hors d'oeuvres from Copper Cellar Catering, wine and beer for guest as they see the original artwork from our residents. People can buy the artwork and all the money goes right back to the zoo."

The money raised from this event will fund the animal enrichment programs that keep the zoo creatures happy and healthy in captivity.

Katelyn Gregory, Grasslands Keeper said "Animals in captivity can get bored very easily so it's our job to keep them engaged and active. To do that we teach them to paint."

But this painting is a little different from what you'd expect. The animals are all using their feet, noses, tails and even bodies to craft the work.

"The snakes will sliver in paint then work their way across a canvas. Meerkats will run through paint and track their footprints on the canvas while the elephants actually use paint brushes to show of their creative side." said Tina

It's a way to simulate the animals but it cost money for all the supplies and materials; that's why it's so important for the zoo to hold events like Art Gone Wild!

If you're interested in tickets visit the Knoxville Zoo link below.

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