Art Basel Miami Beach isn’t just for humans. As proof, consider The Orangutan Art for a Cause exhibit and experience at Jungle Island.
During Art Basel, Jungle Island invites the public to witness its art-loving fraternal twin orangutans’ paint masterpieces on blank white canvases. The Orangutan Art for a Cause will take place each day at 1 p.m. from December 1-4, and will be led by Linda Jacobs, who is affectionately called the “Orangutan Mama.’’ Jacobs has been a volunteer for more than 20 years at Jungle Island.
Jacobs conducts enrichment exercises with the orangutans as part of Jungle Island’s Orangutan School and can purchase the orangutans’ art. In addition, five students from the Miami International University of Art & Design each will have their visual interpretations of Jungle Island’s animal residents on display and available for purchase. By doing so, art sales will be contributed to Orangutan Outreach (www.redapes.org).
The orangutans, – Peanut and Pumpkin – each will turn 13 on Dec. 2. For Peanut, every birthday is a miracle. The orangutan battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012 and was nursed back to health with the help of world-class care and chemotherapy provided by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
The Orangutan Art for a Cause exhibit is free with the purchase of one-day park admission, which is $39.95 per adult and $32.95 per child. Jungle Island is home to more than 450 animals, offering up-close-and-personal experiences with many of its creatures including lemurs from Madagascar, Australian red kangaroos and giant Aldabra tortoises.