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 26, 2015

Creature Feature #495: Narwhal

The Narwhal is the original unicorn, with his long slender tusk. This is the left canine tooth, elongated and protruding through his upper lip. In some individuals (about 1 in 500) both canine teeth have elongated, giving him two tusks. This tusk is not generally used for aggressive behaviour, but more as a sensory organ. It can measure between 1.5 and 3.1 m long and is hollow and covered in nerve endings. He also rubs it against the tusks of other males in social rituals to determine hierarchy. Some females also grow tusks. His main diet is fish and squid, which he mostly inhales without chewing as his other teeth are small and poorly developed.

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