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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Creature Feature #592: Piranha

Piranha have a notorious reputation. These omnivorous fish are found in the Amazon River and its tributaries, where they prey on other fish and mammals, as well as plant matter. They gather in shoals, not so much for feeding purposes but for proptection - because the Piranha features on the  menu of  caimans, dolphins and other semi-aquatic predators. Indeed, they are actually quite shy. They do come equipped with a sharp array of teeth, and have been known to attack people - or livestock - as they ford the rivers, but their wicked reputation is greatly exaggerated.

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