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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Creature Feature #422: Leopard Shark

The Leopard Shark is a slender, relatively small shark, found along the Pacific Coast of North America. He is harmless, favouring a diet of sea life such as clams, crustacean and fish. Suction is used to capture his prey. Shark eggs hatch within the uterus of the female, the youngsters sustained by a yolk until she will give birth to as many as 37. These youngsters take many years to mature. Although currently classified as "least concern", Leopard Sharks can experience local declines, due to their slow maturation rates. They are occasionally caught by recreational fishermen and make excellent eating, but due to mercury and other pollutants, it is inadvisable to eat them too frequently.

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