November 19, 2018

Public joins Columbus Zoo penguins in producing paintings to tout conservation

They’re known for their stately black-and-white tuxedos. But this year, the penguins at the
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium added a splash of color to their winter wardrobes.

The popular aquatic birds recently dipped their toes into the art world.

It’s a hit with zoo patrons, who can pay for a behind-the-scenes experience with the aspiring
artists. The four pilot classes held so far have sold out quickly. Participants color a canvas and
then watch an African penguin step into water-based tempera paint and waddle across it, leaving
footprints behind.

“This might be the best gift anyone has ever given me,” said Cheryl