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 19, 2015

Creature Feature #547: Oryx

The Oryx are four species of large antelope, found in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Of these four, two were critically endangered/extinct in the wild, another - the gemsbok, is common and found in South Africa, also in White Sands, USA where it was released by the Department of Game and Fishing.  Both male and female bear the characteristic horns - which are straight in all species except for the Scimitar-horned Oryx. These horns are permanent and lethal - they can kill lions with them. Preferred habitat is arid, near-desert conditions, and these antelope can survive for lengthy periods without water.

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