This monkey is Austin’s next up-and-coming artist

The Austin Zoo is home to one of the city’s hottest new artists. But she’s not human.

Katie the capuchin monkey had her first painting session this week, and she’s got serious potential.

Screenshot via @austinzoo on Instagram
Screenshot via @austinzoo on Instagram

According to, the Austin Zoo recently started introducing primates to using paintbrushes. Katie, who’s been at the zoo for 10 years, reportedly enjoys flexing her painting muscles. It sure looks like she’s having a good time.

Several commenters even said they’re interested in buying Katie’s artwork. The zoo is reportedly ordering canvas and frames for Katie’s artwork, and the zoo’s executive director told that prices would be available soon.

Many of the posts on the zoo’s Instagram page focus around animal enrichment. For example, lioness Amara got a new toy this week.

And these cougar cubs get to go bowling.


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