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, December 6, 2014

Creature Feature #412: Leafy Seadragon

The Leafy Sea Dragon is a delicate and bizarre fish, a member of the Sea Horse Family. He can be found around the southern coasts of Australia, where his leaf-like fins allow him camouflage amongst the seaweed. His prefered diet is zooplankton, which is sucked up through his pipe-like snout. He is solitary except during breeding season, when the female will deposit her eggs - up to 250 - onto his tail. Here they remain for 9 weeks, when he will help them to hatch by rubbing his tail against seaweed and rocks. Young are independent from hatching but only 5% survive to adulthood.

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