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 15, 2015

Creature Feature #453: Mara

The Mara are a Genus of long-legged rodents living in the grassland steppes of South America. Mara are social animals, living in warrens, but form monogamous partnerships. Youngsters are born into communual dens. These can contain litters from up to 22 pairs. The mothers visit the den regularly, feeding their own pups, but others may sneak in to steal milk. The fathers circle the den, watchful for danger.  Youngsters grow fast. They stay near the den for the first three weeks, playing and grooming one another.

The Patagonian Mara is classified as "near threatened".

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