This painting was based on a photo we shoot at the Bristol Wild Place Project. It’s quite extraordinary to see Geladas in the UK, as they live only in the high mountains of Ethiopia. This high-altitude homeland is replete with steep, rocky cliffs. With their short and stumpy fingers, geladas are adept rock climbers.

Gelada-David Zong
Photo by David Z

Type: Acrylic painting on canvas

Size: 50cm (W) * 60cm (H)

Here are some facts about gelada:

  1. Geladas are also known as “bleeding-heart monkeys”, you will know why when you look at them.
  2. These baboon-size animals are the world’s most terrestrial primates, except for humans. As mostly grass-eaters, they are the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous. 
  3. Geladas live in multi-level societies. Sometimes geladas sill form large herds of up to 1200 individuals. These are some of the largest groups observed among any primate. Geladas can form such large groups because they feed mostly on grass, which is widely available. However, a diet of nutrient-poor grasses means 10 hours of grazing per day, compared to just 4 hours a day for the average monkey.
  4. Good at communications. Because geladas spend so much time foraging, they are unable to properly bond through grooming, like many other primates. Walk through a band of geladas foraging and you will be deafened by the sounds of grunts, groans, and squeals, over 30 of which have been identified by researchers so far.
Alpaca 999*580



Type: Acrylic painting on canvas

Size: 30cm (W) * 40cm (H)

Alpaca, which originated from South America, has always been a mysterious and exotic mammal for me. Until now, over 90% of alpacas are still live in South America. Luckily, we visited Peru during the 2019 Easter Holiday, and we have absolutely enjoyed our exotic acquaintances. They are very obedient, shy, and cute!

Here are some fun facts about Alpaca, time to test your alpaca knowledge:

  1. Alpaca cannot live alone. It is said that alpacas have really strong herding instincts. The best way to keep an alpaca with a companion is to have them all be the same gender. This is because even neutered alpacas can sometimes successfully bond with each other.
  2. Alpacas are vegetarian. Alpacas diet mostly consists of grass, but also includes leaves, wood, bark, or stems. Do you know how much they eat? An adult alpaca only eats 0.9 kg per day.
  3. Alpacas do not have teeth in the top-front of their mouths. In hindsight, I realized this after I had finished this painting.
  4. They always poop in the same spot. Because of their predisposition to pooping in designated areas, some alpacas have been successfully house-trained.
  5. Llamas have always been used as beasts of burden, while alpacas are strictly bred for their wool.
  6. Alpaca wool is softer and less itchy than sheep’s wool. The best part of it is that their wool is both water and flame-resistant.


Alpaca-by Ouyang
Alpaca-by Ouyang