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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Creature Feature #343: Iora

The Iora are four species of passerine found in India and southeast Asia. They forage in small groups, preying on insects gleaned them from among the branches. The males are more brightly coloured and he develops the black cap in breeding season. To court the females he performs an acrobatic aerial display, darting up into the air, fluffing his feathers and spiralling back down to his perch. Eggs are laid in a cup-shaped nest and both parents take turns incubating the eggs.

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