The glasses were painted by African elephants Kelly and Tara, so no two are alike.
Photo: Zoo Atlanta
Photo: Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta offers wine glasses painted by its elephants

After an evening of drinking wine at a zoo, buying a wine glass painted by an African elephant seems like a pretty logical thing to do. 

If you agree with that, you’re in luck. 

Zoo Atlanta will sell 30 of such glasses in the gift shop during its Sippin’ Safari event Saturday.

The glasses were painted by Zoo Atlanta African elephants Kelly and Tara, so no two are alike. The price is one glass for $30 or two for $55.

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If you want one and can’t make it to the Sippin’ Safari, cross your fingers that they don’t sell out during the event like they did last year. Any extras will be available in the gift shop, with sales benefiting the zoo.

Zoo gates will close early Saturday at 2 p.m., and grounds will close at 3 p.m., in preparation for the event. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. (VIP entry begins at 5 p.m.). 

Guests may have unlimited samples of more than 50 wine selections. Beer, food samples, animal viewing, keeper talks and live music will also be available.

Tickets are $60 for members, $70 for general admission and $100 for VIP. 

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Chantek, Zoo Atlanta’s male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language died on August 7 at age 39. (Footage provided by Zoo Atlanta)

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