Sunday, April 18, 2010

An Asian Elephant that Paints!

An Asian elephant paints an amazing work of art. Only nine out of 65 elephants at a conservation camp in Thailand paint. Hong, the elephant featured in this video, is said to have started early. It appears she was using a stick to draw on the dirt when she was very young.

This video impressed upon me that elephants are very intelligent, have great memories and are emotionally motivated (as they responded positively to the audience applause). reports that there used to be about 100,000 domestic elephants and that that has dramatically decreased to 2,650. The site states that "in Thailand, the number of wild elephants remains about 2,000 and wild elephants face problems with their habitat because humans have destroyed forests and they do not have proper environments like before." supports, "Starving Elephant Artisans" by selling their paintings so they can continue to be cared for in Thailand. You can own a print for $19.95 and support the elephants at the conservation camp.

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