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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Creature Feature #377: Killifish

There are over 1,200 species of Killifish, occupying waterways across the world, from Argentina to Ontario, Canada and across Eurasia and Africa. Most species occur in permanent streams, with a few species occupying ephemereal pools. These "annuals" have a lifespan no longer than nine months and have been used in studies on aging. Other species live between two-three years. The diet of most species consists of aquatic arthropods and they are good for controlling mosquito populations. Due to their colourful nature, Killifish have become popular in the pet industry. Their eggs can survive periods of partial dessication, and thus can be transported via the postal services.

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