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, June 13, 2015

#596: Platypus Frog

The Platypus Frogs were two species of aquatic frogs, once found in Queensland. They were also known as the gastric-brooding frog. The female swallows her eggs as soon as they are fertilized. Each egg is surrounded by a substance that inhibits the production of hydrochloric acid by the stomach - saving them from digestion - and once hatched the tadpoles exude the substance through their gills. During their growth, she does not eat, and when they are fully formed froglets, she regurgitates them one at a time. The last Platypus frog was seen in 1981, one of the early casualties to the chytrid fungus that is now destroying frog populations all over the world.

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