Elephants paint to raise money for their species
I heard a story about this on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" yesterday. Here's some information on the project.
These are working elephants, who had been used in Thailand's forestry and construction industry. The use of elephants in these activities has steadily declined over the years, putting both the animals and the people who made their living training and caring for them in jeopardy. Someone came up with an idea to see if elephants would paint. Apparently only about one in four elephants care to. Whether what they produce is really art or not is subject to much debate.
The website again is: http://www.biotrails.com/elephant/art.htm