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, February 19, 2015

Creature Feature #488: Muskrat

The Muskrat is a medium-sized rodent more closely related to lemmings and voles than to rats. His preferred habitat is wetlands, and he is native to North America. With his thick, short pelt, he is favoured in the fur industry, which has seen populations introduced into Europe. Muskrats live in family groups of a mated pair and their offspring. They live either in a hole in the bank, or by constructing a "push-up" from vegetation and mud. In snowy areas, the entrances are plugged with vegetation for insulation. His diet is largely vegetarian, supplemented with small animals.

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