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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Creature Feature #541: Oribi

And today's animal is a small antelope that you've probably never heard of.

The Oribi is a small antelope widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He can be found in open grasslands and thinly wooded regions, generally near to water. Social groups are small, and often Oribi are solitary, but a male may interact with one or two females. His diet is mostly grass, but he will browse when required and visits mineral licks to supplement his diet. Beneath his eyes, two dark patches are his preorbital glands. These secrete an odour with which he can mark the boundaries of his territory. Only the males have horns.

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