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 16, 2015

Creature Feature #570: Pacific Right Whale

There are three species of Right Whale: the North Pacific, the Southern and the Atlantic, with all being so similar in appearance that only genetic analysis can be used to determine species. Once populations numbered over 20,000, now whaling has reduced her population down into an Endangered categorisation and she is the most endangered whale on Earth. She is a large baleen whale, measuring up to 19 m in length. For something so large, her diet consists primarily of copepods, which are sifted through her baleen constantly, with the water cascading out over her lower lip. She must devour millions of these every day.

(The lumps on her head are known as callosities, roughened patches of epidmeris covered in clusters. These are concentrated around her blowholes and rostrum.)

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