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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Creature Feature #549: Ostrich

The Ostrich is the largest extant bird in the world, with males measuring up to 2.8 m tall. He is also extremely heavy - weighing an average of 115 kg. During the winter months he lives in a pair, but when spring comes, females begin to gather together. If there is a drought, also, Ostrich will gather into large flocks of up to 100 individuals, lead by a dominant hen. These groups are nomadic, and will often join other groups of animals in the quest for water. During spring, the male begins courting as many females as he can, but only forms a romantic bond with one hen. Eggs are laid in a communual nest, and the dominant hen lays first. She can recognise her own eggs. Excess eggs will be discarded. The females alternate incubating during the day, the male at night. When the chicks hatch, it is the male who teaches them how to find food.

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