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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Creature Feature #338: Impala

The Impala is a medium-sized antelope found in the open savannah of eastern Africa, generally not far from water. His diet consists of a variety of plant matter, either browsing or grazing depending on conditions. Impala are an important prey animal, and feature on the menus of lions and other big cats, hyenas and wild dogs. To survive, he must always be alert and wary of danger. If alarmed, he can jump to heights of 3m, bounding over bushes and even other Impala, covering distances of up to 10m in a single leap. During the dry season, he will often intermix with others of his species, but with the wet season and the start of breeding, he may begin defending a territory. Younger males form bachelor herds. Territorial males will attempt to control any female herds that wander through his territory, whilst sending any potential rivals swiftly on their way.

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