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 6, 2015

Creature Feature #589: Pink River dolphin

The Pink River Dolphin makes her home in the Amazon river. She is the largest freshwater cetacean, growing longer than a human - up to 2.4 m. Her neck vertebrae are unfused, allowing her to turn her neck 90 degrees - a necessity for navigating flooded forests. She dines on crustaceans and fish (including piranha), and will co-operatively hunt to herd fish onto the river bank, where it is easier to catch. Adult males have been seen carrying around sticks, balls of hardened clay or other objects, in their mouths. The exact reason for this is unknown, but it is thought to be related to courtship.

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