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African Savanna Found Art Fridays

Get ready to join the journey!

In celebration of the all-new African Savanna, opening August 8, we’re dropping priceless prizes throughout the metro Atlanta area.

On Fridays beginning June 28 and continuing until August 16, one lucky discoverer somewhere in metro Atlanta will find an original piece of art painted by Kelly, one of the African elephants at Zoo Atlanta. A special mystery grand prize will be hidden on August 23. Each prize will be accompanied by bonus instructions for redeeming four free general admission tickets, valid once the African Savanna opens!

Follow Zoo Atlanta on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for weekly clues to the prizes’ locations. Hints on each week’s location in the metro area will be posted on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., with the final clues of the week posted on Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

View full contest rules here.

Elephants paint?

Elephants’ trunks are very dexterous, capable of picking up an item as small as a dime. Kelly paints with her trunk holding the paintbrush and enjoys this activity as a special form of enrichment.

African elephants Kelly and Tara enjoy a robust and varied enrichment program, and painting is only one of many enrichment activities. This activity also demonstrates the amazing adaptations of their trunks, which contain around 100,000 muscles and tendons!