Art Gone Wild

Art Gone Wild is back! Pick up your paints, pencils or crayons and let our tigers, rhinos, birds and more inspire your wild piece. All final submissions will be displayed at the Zoo during key dates of ZooLights (December 9th and 10th). The submission deadline is December 1st and can be dropped off at the Baton Rouge Zoo. Please note: the Zoo's office is now a temporary modular building located at the front entry area of the Zoo. 


  • Beginners (Child up to 2nd Grade)
  • Children (Child Grades 3rd - 5th)
  • Pre-Teen ( Child Grades 6th-8th)
  • Teenagers (Child Grades 9th - 12th)
  • Adults (All Adults)

EligibilityArtwork to be entered must be 2-D and drawn/painted entirely "by hand." Acceptable media are oil, acrylic, oil pastel, soft pastel, water media, dry media (such as soft pastel, pencil, colored pencil, ink, charcoal etc.) or hand-pulled prints. No digitally enhanced or created artwork, no giclees and no photography will be accepted. The maximum size accepted is 18" x 24".

All Zoo and Aquarium subject matter is eligible. Preference for grand prize winner will be given to artwork of animals currently on exhibit.

Entry FeeYour entry is free, but submissions are limited to one per person.

DeadlineAll submissions must be delivered to specified locations by 5pm on December 1, 2022.

Drop off location:

  • BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo/3601 Thomas Rd./Baton Rouge, LA 70807
    Please note: the zoo's administrative office is now a modular building located near the front entrance of the Zoo. 

Rules and Requirements:

  • The entrant must create the art
  • Entries may be made on 18" x 24" or smaller canvas/paper (including matte)
  • Submissions are limited to one per person
  • Art is not required to be mounted
  • Art must be weather-proofed prior to submission. All entrants may be exhibited outdoors during ZooLights. It is assumed that entry is ready for outdoor display upon receipt. (Hint: plastic wrap or sheet protectors work great!)
  • Each submission must have an official entry I.D. form securely attached to the back of the art. Form should include entrant's name, address, phone number, email address, date of entry and eligible category.
  • The Zoo is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, damaged, incomplete, misdirected or postage-due mail of entries.

Registration FormsAdditional registration forms are available at the Zoo front entrance ticket area, Zoo gift shop and the Zoo administration building.

JudgingFans determine the winners in each category. Votes will be cast in-person at ZooLights the weekend of December 9th and 10th. These in-person votes will determine the First, Second and Third Place winners in each category.

Art submissions will be on display at ZooLights December 9th and 10th, so visitors may vote for their favorites in person. A panel of jurors, chosen from the professional community, will judge the entries to determine the grand prize winner. All decisions made by voters and by the panel are final. Contest winners will be notified by January 9, 2023.

Returns: The Zoo will post soon when entries and any applicable prizes will be available for pick-up at the Zoo. Art remains the copyrighted property of the artist; however, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo reserves the non-exclusive right to use the art submitted to the contest for publicity, advertising, promotional, educational and other purposes without obtaining further permission and/or compensation. The Baton Rouge Zoo will attempt to give credit to the artist when possible. A signature on the registration form constitutes acceptance of these terms.

Winners' Prizes and PublicityA first, second and third place winner will be awarded within each of the categories. The judges will select a grand prize winner from all of the winning entries. The winning entries along with the grand prize winner will be featured in the Spring 2023 edition of Wild Times & on the Zoo's Facebook page. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an Honorary Keeper membership to the Zoo, behind the scenes tour for the winner and 3 guests and a collectible ornament. 1st place winners will receive a Household membership to the Zoo and a collectible ornament. 2nd/3rd place winners will receive a collectible ornament.