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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Creature Feature #586: Picathartes

Never heard of a Picathartes? Well, don't worry, neither had I until I listened to "A Corner of White" by Jaclyn Moriarty, where she mentioned them in passing. I looked it up (to see if it was real) and voila, found this weird looking bird that I just had to add to my list.

The Picathartes, also known as the bald crow or rockfowl, is neither crow, nor fowl, but a Family in the Order of the Passerines, consisting of two species. This is the white-necked, please colour him accordingly. Both species are found in western Africa, but with limited range and Vulnerable to extinction. His diet generally consists of invertebrates, occasionally frogs and reptiles, with crabs being plucked from shallow water.  Breeding occurs during the wet season, and pairs are thought to be monogamous, sometimes nesting together in small colonies. Nests are made from clay and mud, attached to a cave roof or overhang.


  1. You really are pulling off a pure linework series, fairplay to you. I think your linework is awesome without the colour as well.