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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Creature Feature #446: Mandrill

The Mandrill is a large Old World monkey, related to baboons, macaque and drill. He can be found in forests, often those bordering savannah. The male is most dramatically coloured, with his vivid facial mask and equally colourful rear end. Mandrill groups are known as "hordes" and contain hundreds of females and their offspring. Males are solitary, only entering the horde during the female's 3-month oestrus cycle.  Only the brightly-coloured, dominant males are fertile, but subordinate males can rise through the ranks and develop the vivid colouration that advertises his virility.

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