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.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Creature Feature #560: Paca


The Paca are three species of terrestrial, herbivorous rodents of South America. They are fairly large for a rodent, measuring between 50-77 cm in length. Habitat is rainforest and cloud forest, and Paca are generally found near water. She is a skilled swimmer, and can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes. During the daytime she mostly rests, foraging in the morning and evening, or sometimes during the night. The three species are fairly similar in appearance, and they also resemble the not-closely related Pacarana, which is sometimes known as the "false paca".

Pacarana can be distinguished by their slightly furrier face and their tail, which is thick and furry. The Paca's tail is almost non-existant.

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