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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

#681: Sandhopper

Sandhoppers belong to the subphylum Crustacea, and are terrestrial amphipods. By flexing his abdomen, she can leap several inches into the air, although she cannot control the direction of his leap. During the day, she buries herself in sand above the tidal line (as far down as 50 cm), emerging at night to forage amongst beach detritus cast up by the falling tide. Her diet consists mainly of rotting seaweed. She mates during this time, carrying her brood of eggs. When these hatch, the juveniles must live in damp seaweed to avoid dessication.

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