Win an Original Painting by Rafiki

For two weeks in May, everyone who adopts a Zoo animal will be entered in a drawing to win an original painting created by a Zoo elephant.

Please note: It may take up to a week to process and mail adoptions during this time because COVID-19 limits the time that the adoption staff can spend in the Society Office.

Click here to see a video of the artist at work.  Or here to view the video on the Zoo's Facebook page.

How to Play

Adopt an animal anytime between May 4 - May 17, and we will automatically enter your name in a drawing to win an original artwork by a Zoo elephant. 

To adopt, visit the Zoo Society's adoption page (click here), adopt the animal of your choice, and wait to see if you are the lucky winner.

We will hold the drawing on May 18 and will announce the winner on that date. 

Enter more than once by upping the level of your adoption!

  • Adopt at the $30 or $60 level and your name will be entered once.
  • Adopt at the $100 level, and your name will be entered twice.
  • Adopt at the $500 level and your name will be entered four times.
Proceeds from these adoptions will be used to support the Zoo's COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Good luck!



The Art Work

Rafiki created this original abstract artwork by applying acrylic paint to a stretched canvass.

Her choice of colors and expressive, overlapping brushstrokes speak to her dominant nature and to the strong bonds that she has formed with her herd members and caretakers.

The finished piece is 16 inches x 20 inches and is suitable for framing.



The Artist

Rafiki is 39 years old and arrived here in 2003 from Toledo. She is the herd's leader (matriarch) and weighs about 10,000 lbs.

She has a dominating personality and enjoys training sessions with her keepers, especially when she paints.

Her contributions to past Zoo to Do live and silent auctions have typically sold for several hundreds of dollars.