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, September 17, 2014

Creature Feature #333: Icefish

The Icefish are a Suborder of fish that occur in the coldest regions of the Earth - the cold continental shelf surrounding Antarctica. There are currently 122 species known to wikipedia science. To enable survival in such harsh conditions, the Icefish must have special adaptations. Her blood and body fluids contain an antifreeze glycoprotein. She is also the only vertebrate to be completely lacking red blood cells - she has no hemoglobin -  which makes her blood thinner and allows it to circulate more easily about her body. This also means that her blood is colourless. Her heart is very large in proportion to her body size, and consumes 22% of her body's available energy (comapred to the 5% of temperate fish species).

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