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, October 18, 2014

Creature Feature #364: Kagu

The Kagu is an odd bird, found only in New Caledonia. He is considered to be most closely related to the sunbittern of South America. Almost flightless, his days are spent roaming the forest floor hunting for insects and other invertebrate prey. His wings are used for territorial displays and balance as he runs through the forest, but lack the musculature for flight, rendering him only capable of short, downward glides.  He and his mate form a long-term monogamous bond, raising a single chick each year. Older offspring may remain in their territory, helping protect it from rivals. Being flightless and a ground nester, the Kagu has suffered at the teeth and claws of introduced predators such as rats, cats and pigs.

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