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Painting bears, birds and other critters give boost to BC Wildlife Park

Quilla was one of the creatures who crafted art for the auction.

What do badgers, grizzlies, birds and raccoons have in common?

A flair for the arts that helped the BC Wildlife Park's first animal art exhibit and sealed auction turn out to be a huge success. It raised $7,497.29 to complete the greatly needed hoofstock quarantine building.

Among the most acclaimed work is Bloom the badger’s. Its piece Badger Death Roll, had the highest bid on the animal art, selling for $1,200, the second-highest bid was Bloom‘s Diggin' It for $1,000, and the raccoon’s painting “How Touching”, sold for $400. A hand-crafted cedar stripped canoe sold for $3,000!

In the lead-up to the fundraiser,  Wildlife Park staff said painting is great for sensory and cognitive enrichment for many of the park animals.

"Feeling paint on their paws is great for the sensory portion of the enrichment, and seeing the different colours and formations can be visually enriching for some of the animals," they said.

Now that the event has ended, they're asking people to weigh in on whether it should be an annual exhibit and fundraiser.

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