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.

Monday, December 7, 2015

#752: Tern

Terns are various species of seabird, specialised for an aerial lifestyle. In flight, he can be differentiated from a gull by his long, tapered wings. Many species also have a forked tail. Species are spread across the world, with one - the Arctic Tern - flying annually from the Arctic to the Antarctic, thus never experiencing a polar winter. Terns spend much of their time on the wing, scouting the water for appropriate prey and diving to catch it. They are known to follow dolphins and other large predators, as these drive prey close to the surface. Breeding colonies are large and noisy, sometimes neighbouring those of other seabirds. In most species, the eggs are laid on the bare ground. The White Tern, however, lays her egg on a tree branch.

This fellow, the Chinese Crested Tern, is Critically Endangered. and was actually considered extinct until four pairs were found in 2000. With less than 50 individuals currently surviving, his future seems pretty grim.

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