First Thursday: Art for the Animals 

Taking a walk on the wild side.

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

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Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

This year, the annual Art for Animals fundraiser at Gallery 601 is taking a walk on the wild side. Proceeds from the popular auction, which in the past raised $10,000 for the Idaho Humane Society, will benefit Zoo Boise critters and their wild counterparts by funding the zoo's conservation mission. The zoo takes threats to endangered species seriously and in 2007, it became the first zoo in the country to charge a conservation fee along with admission. The Gallery 601 auction—which takes place both online and in person—will contribute to that mission.

The auction features framed and unframed animal-themed paintings, and stopping by has become a favorite tradition for animal lovers as they make their First Thursday rounds.

Stop by the gallery for a look at the pieces and to chat with the "ZooTeens," volunteer zookeepers-in-training who will be happy to answer your animal-related questions.

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