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, October 14, 2014

Creature Feature #360: Jumping Rat

The Jumping Rat is more commonly known as the Malagasy Giant Rat. She is a large rodent, growing to around 33 cm in length, not including her tail. With her long, muscular back legs she is capable of making leaps almost 1m high. She is completely nocturnal, spending her days within a burrow she shares with her life-long mate. This can have as many as 6 entrances, allowing her ample choice of escape route. At night she ventures out to feast on fallen fruits, nuts and invertebrates which she digs for.

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