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.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Creature Feature #382: King Vulture

The King Vulture makes his home in Central and South America. He favours lowland forest and is usually seen near swamps or waterways. Like most vultures, he feeds predominantly on carrion, although may take the occasional newborn or injured animal. His bill is powerful, used to rip into the thick hide of a carcass, which also enables the smaller vultures to also gain access. His naked head and neck are an adaptation to his diet, feathers would become soiled with blood and this could lead to infection. He lacks a voice box, and is capable only of emitting wheezing grunts, croaking and clacking his bill.

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