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, December 2, 2014

Creature Feature #409: Lark

Larks are small-to-medium-sized passerines, characterised by their relatively dull, cryptic colouration and trilling song. Terrestrial in nature, Larks spend much of their time foraging in the grass for seeds and occasionally insects. His rear claw is longer than that of most birds, increasing his stability. To defend his territory, the male Lark soars directly upwards in a display flight, trilling his melodious call.

This fellow is a Sidamo Lark, a species with a very restricted range within Ethiopa (about 36 square kms) and under heavy threat from agriculture. Due to nest predation of the females, the population is heavily skewed towards males. It is classified as critically endangered, with probably less than 256 adult birds surviving.

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