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, October 14, 2015

#698: Shrew

The Shrew are diminutive insectivores, related to the Mole. She is equipped with sharp, spike-like teeth and a fierce personality. There are numerous species, spread across the northern hemisphere. In the tropics, females can breed all year round, producing up to 10 litters. In the temperate regions, she will not breed over winter. With a short lifespan (around 2 years), fecundity is the key to her success. Some species are known to echolocate, using ultrasonic squeaks to navigate her environment. Some species are venomous, delivering the poison via groves in her teeth.

Other relatives to the Shrew include:
Tenrec (to come)

Treeshrews, Elephant Shrews and an assortment of other speciesnamed with the word "shrew" are not closely related.

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