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 23, 2015

Creature Feature #551: ʻŌʻū

The ʻŌʻū was a large, plump finch, endemic to the Hawaiian islands. He favoured a frugivorous diet, feeding predominently on the fruit of the ʻieʻie vine and the buds and blossoms of the ʻōhiʻa lehua (as pictured here). A seasonal migrant, his foraging took him up and down the mountains on the islands, and also between islands. This proved to be his undoing, as it brought him into range of the lower-altitude mosquitoes and, like many of his kin, he fell victim to avian malaria and also fowlpox. The last recorded sighting was in 1989 and although not yet proven extinct (still classified as "Critically endangered"), this unique Hawaiian bird has probably vanished forever.

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