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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Creature Feature #298: Hamerkop

The Hamerkop is unmistakable, with his oddly crested head and long, stout bill. He resides in Africa and Madagascar, making wetlands his home - estuaries, ponds and even cultivated wetlands such as rice paddies or canals. Hamerkop are relatively sedentary and usually live in pairs. Their nest is a huge, extravagant domed affair - sometimes more than 1.5 m across. It is built in the fork of a tree, often over water and decorated with brightly coloured objects. A tunnel leads to a large nesting chamber in which the female lays up to seven eggs.

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