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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creature Feature #311: Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus is a large ungulate who leads a semi-aquatic lifestyle. Although his diet is predominantly herbivorous, he is aggressive and unpredictable and as such ranks among Africa's most dangerous creatures. Territorial bulls will hold a section of river, leading a herd (called a "bloat") of up to thirty females and calves. His daily life is spent keeping cool in the water and the herd only emerges at dusk to graze. Individuals will travel up to 10km from water to graze, and do so in solitude. Despite his short legs, Hippo are capable of running at speeds of up to 30 km/hr. All other behaviour - mating, birthing of young, fighting - takes place in the water.

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