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, January 18, 2015

Creature Feature #456: Markhor

The Markhor is a wild goat, well adapted to the mountainous terrain of central Asia. Here they live in flocks of around 9 individuals: females and their young. The adult males are largely solitary, fighting each other for access to the females during the winter mating season. During the summer, Markhor graze, but during the leaner winter months he browses on leaves, sometimes standing upright to reach higher branches. Markhor are highly prized as a trophy animal, both for his impressive appearance and the challenge. It is illegal to hunt them in most countries, but the Pakistani government have introduced a conservation strategy in which it is possible to - at considerable expense - purchase a licence to hunt an older animal, past his prime and no longer good for breeding purposes.

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