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.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creature Feature #503: Newt

The name Newt is given to a number of aquatic salamander species. Like other amhpbian species, Newts go through different developmental stages -an aquatic larval stage, a terrestrial juvenile form and a lizard-like adult form. Some adult Newt species become fully aquatic, whereas others only return to the water to breed. Newts and salamanders are similar in apperance, but a Newt's skin is bumpier. Like axolotls, they have regenerative properties and will regrow damaged limbs and organs such as eyes. His skin is very thin and permeable, making his sensitive to environmental changes. The presence of Newts in water indicates that it is relatively unpolluted.

This is a Luristan Newt - he is Critically Endangered.

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