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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Creature Feature #428 Llama

The Llama is an entirely domesticated species of Camelid. She is used as a meat and pack animal in South America. She is now farmed over much of the world for her woolly fibre, which is soft and lanolin-free. In the early 1980s, farmers in North America began to use a Llama to guard their sheep. A single Llama - a castrated male or unbred female - is added to the sheep flock, and he becomes protective of them - especially the lambs. The guard Llama keeps watch, warning the flock, and may approach the predator (often a coyote)  and intimidate it - sometimes even attacking it - or lead the flock to safety. Studies have shown a significant decline in stock predation when a guard llama is present.

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