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, October 27, 2015

#711: Solifuge

The Solifuge is a speciesw of arachnid, sometimes known as the Camel Spider, although she is not a spider. Fearsome in appearance, and growing up to 15 cm in length, she is the stuff of nightmares. The apparent front pair of limbs are in fact sensory organs, known as pedipalps. Her most impressive feature are her jaws - which can be up to a third of her body length. These are used to seize potential prey - invertebrates, lizards, small birds, rodents - and grind them to a pulp so that they can be digested. Solifuges are not venomous and of no threat to humans, except for the horror/surprise factor.

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