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 27, 2014

Creature Feature #312: Hoatzin

The Hoatzin is one of the most unusual birds in the world. She is a medium-sized bird, making her home near water in the forests of Brazil. Her diet is herbivorous, consisting largely of leaves and fruit. To aid digestion, she has an enlarged crop in which the pulp can ferment, in a manner similar to mammalian ruminants. This may also give rise to her distinctive, manure-like smell which has earned her the nickname of "stinkbird". She is gregarious and a colony nester, laying 2-3 eggs in a rudimentary stick nest, usually above water. Chicks are equipped with two claw-hooks on each wing, which they use to clamber through the branches. If danger threatens they will drop into the river, swim a short distance and climb up into the trees again.

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