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, April 9, 2015

Creature Feature #537: Opossum

The Opossum is an American marsupial, not especially closely related to the rather cuddlier Australian possums. They are opportunistic in both diet and habitat, and as such have flourished in the urban environment and are often regarded as a pest. Nocturnal in habit, Opossums are solitary and occasionalyl arboreal, using their semi-prehensile tail to help keep balance. If threatened by a predator, the Opossum will play dead, collapsing with lips drawn back, foaming at the mouth and emiting an unpleasant odour. This is an unvoluntary reaction to stress, and the Opossum will remain stiff and motionless for some time - even allowing herself to be picked up and carried around.

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