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, April 12, 2015

Creature Feature #540: Orca

The Orca is a largest dolphin, and one of the most intelligent creatures in the ocean. She is highly sociable, forming complex social groups, comprised of females and their female descendents. These matrilines combine with other matrilines to form pods. Orca hunt co-operatively, hounding and drowning larger cetaceans or herding and ambushing. They are known to hunt seals along the coast by beaching themselves temporarily before wriggling back out to sea. A captive whale at Marine World would reguigitate fish on the surface of the water, then ambush and eat the birds that descended to devour it. Orca also learn from observation, and teach techniques to their calves. She can live up to 90 years, breeding from 15 years of age, up to 40 and giving birth every 5 years or so. They are one of the few mammals (humans being another) to undergo menopause and live for years after cessation of breeding.

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