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 17, 2015

Creature Feature #600: Polecat

There are several species of Polecat, long-bodied mustelids, but the one most familiar to us is the European Polecat. She can be found in western Europe and north Africa. Her favoured diet are small mammals, but she will also eat birds and amphibians. Polecat mating is brutal, with no courtship rituals, the male simply grabs the female by the neck, drags her about (which stimulates ovulation), before mating with her for up to an hour. She is the ancestor of the domestic ferret, and the two can readily interbreed. Now feral ferrets have become established in the wild, usually in isolated environments where no mammalian predators are already established.

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