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, May 21, 2015

Creature Feature #573: Patas Monkey

The Patas Monkey leads a terrestrial existence in the semi-arid regions of west and east Africa. He is the fastest running of any monkey species, reaching speeds of up to 55 km/hr. Troops contain up to 60 individuals, mostly female with one adult male. The males tend to gather into smaller bands or lead a solitary existence. When the females come into oestrus, however, these male bands will invade with the sole aim of mating with the females. One remains afterwards with the troop, whilst the others return to bachelorhood.

Patas Monkeys avoid dense woodland, favouring open savannah and arid regions. His diet consists of insects, tubers, gum and seeds.

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