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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Creature Feature #462: Mesite

The Mesite are a Family of relatively small, almost flightless birds found only in Madagascar. There are three species, all of which are considered Vulnerable to extinction. This is a Subdesert Mesite, found in the spiny thickets of the lowland west coast. Her main diet is seeds and insects, which she gleans from leaves or digs for with her sturdy bill. In breeding season, she lays her eggs on an exposed platform of twigs, constructed about 2m from the ground. Whilst the other two species - the Brown and the White-brested - form monogamous partnerships, the Subdesert favours a polygamous relationship.

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