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 16, 2014

Creature Feature #423: Limpkin

The Limpkin is related to rails and cranes, his range extending from Florida down to Argentina. He is characterised by his heavy, down-curved bill. This acts like a tweezer, and is used to pry apple snails from their shells. His widespread toes allow him to stand on floating plants, and he will partly immerse himself in water, or even sim in pursuit of his prey. His deliberate, high-stepping gait gives the appearance of limping and contributes to his common name. Once prey has been located, he will carry it to the shore or shallows, turn it so that the opening is facing upwards and use his beak to pry out the contents.

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