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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Creature Feature #438: Lyrebird

The Lyrebird might resemble a pheasant, but he is a member of the songbird family. And quite the songbird he is! Male Lyrebirds are superb mimics, constructing elaborate performances to attract a mate. These include the mimicking of other birds, different mammals and even human noises - like chainsaws - interwoven with his own vocalisations. The male is also characterised by his dramatically long tail feathers, which resemble a lyre, these make up part of his courtship display. After luring and mating with the female, she is left alone to lay a single egg within a large, untidy nest, incubate it for 50 days and raise the chick alone.

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