A jumbo Valen­tine’s

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

PERTH Zoo’s res­i­dent fe­male ele­phants might live to­gether, but their per­son­al­i­ties could not be more dif­fer­ent ac­cord­ing to se­nior ele­phant keeper Kirsty Carey.

The pair of Asian ele­phants, Per­mai and Tri­cia, share a com­mon love for paint­ing and en­joy let­ting their cre­ativ­ity flow, but no two fin­ished paint­ings are ever the same.

“Per­mai’s very bois­ter­ous and loves to be in­volved with ev­ery­thing whereas Tri­cia is very chilled out, so quite of­ten it shows in their art­work,” Ms Carey said.

“The two dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties re­ally shine through.”

As Valen­tine’s Day ap­proaches, the ele­phants have been cre­at­ing themed art­works to help Perth res­i­dents make the day ex­tra spe­cial for loved ones.

Perth Zoo spokes­woman Danielle Henry said paint­ing formed a vi­tal part of the be­havioural en­rich­ment pro­gram for the ele­phants.

“This year we are ro­man­ti­cis­ing it by adding a Valen­tine’s touch,” she said.

“Tri­cia, Per­mai and our bull ele­phant Pu­tra-Mas will have their trunks dipped in

d449010 ele­phant friendly paint and kiss the can­vasses to cre­ate a very unique heart shaped piece of ele­phant art.”

One hun­dred per cent of prof­its from the art are do­nated to help an­i­mals in the wild, in­clud­ing the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered Su­ma­tran ele­phants.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Perth Zoo's ele­phant Per­mai dur­ing a paint­ing ses­sion with ele­phant keeper Kirsty Carey.

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