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, December 12, 2014

Creature Feature #419: Leopard

The Leopard is one of the five big cats, and possibly the most adaptable. She makes her home in habitats as diverse as desert and rainforest with her range extending across parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia. An opportunistic hunter, she will prey on anything she can catch - from dung beetles up to chimpanzees and even small gorillas. Solitary in nature, she generally follows nocturnal hunting patterns, although rainforest Leopards are more likely to hunt during the day. To protect her kill from scavengers, she drags it up into the branches of a tree. Sometimes this kill can weigh more than the Leopard herself. Leopards display a range of vocalizations, including purring, which dissudes the factoid I had read somewhere (to be fair, it was probably Willard Price, back in the 1960s) that big cats cannot purr.

If you like Leopards and Africa in general, here's a great comic strip from a very talented illustrator:

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