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, January 14, 2015

Creature Feature #452: Manumea

The Manumea, or Tooth-billed Pigeon, is the National Bird of Samoa. Little is known about the species, found only in undisturbed forests and rarely seen. He leads a largely terrestrial existence, probably feeding on fallen fruits, which are crushed in his powerful bill. The wild population is thought to number between 70-380 individuals, with no captive population and no chicks have been observed in recent surveys. It appears that, unless drastic measures are taken, this heavy-set pigeon is likely to follow in the claw tracks of his cousin, the dodo.

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