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, March 15, 2015

Creature Feature #512: Noctule

The Noctule are a Genus of vesper bats, found across Europe, Asia and North Africa. There are eight species, ranging in size from the tiny Lesser Noctule at 5 cm to the Greater Noctule, who can grow over 10 cm in length. Like many bats, Noctule are nocturnal and rely on ecolocation to navigate the tree tops. Here they hunt and swoop, catching beetles and insects on the wing. The Greater Noctule, however, seeks larger prey. He regularly preys on birds, snatching them from the air. Being nocturnal, he targets night-flying migrating birds. His voice is pitched to a frequency higher than the birds can hear, allowing him to pinpoint them with deadly accuracy.

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