About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creature Feature #295: Hagfish

The Hagfish is a primitive fish and a living fossil. She has a skull, but no vertebral column, she also lacks a jaw. Her teeth are keratin and situated in rows on her tongue, which she uses to rip pieces of rotting flesh from her carrion diet. This may include crawling inside the decaying corpse. She has the ability to digest organic matter with her skin. Her skin also contains numerous glands, from which she can exude copious amounts of mucus. This thickens upon contact with the water, becoming quite a deterrent to any predator that might wish to eat her. Research into this is also leading to a renewable alternative to petroleum.

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