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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Creature Feature #595: Platypus

The Platypus is one of five species of egg-laying mammal, known as a Monotreme. His strange appearance - duck bill, webbed feet, beaver-like tail - baffled earlier discoverers and for a time he was considered a hoax. Even when seeing one in the flesh and fur, so to speak, it is hard to believe that this little creature is actually a real animal. Males are also venomous, having a spur on his hind feet that can deliver a cripplingly painful poison. Semi-aquatic, he is most active at dawn and dusk, or on overcast days. He hunts using electrolocation to detect his prey, invertebrates such as crabs, worm and yabbies, sensing the electric fields generated by their muscular motion. During breeding season, the female lays 1-3 rubbery shelled eggs in a burrow, curling her body around them. The infants are vulnerable and feed on her milk, delivered not through a teat, but released through pores to pool on her abdomen and be lapped up.

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