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, January 13, 2016

#787: Vanga

The Vanga Family are unique to Madagascar and are comprised of 22 species. Although related, the species range in size from 12-32 cm, and show diversity in beak shape. Many have shorter, sharp beaks and closely resemble shrikes. Others, like this hook-billed vanga and the aptly named sickle-billed vanga, are distinctively different. Habitat ranges too, with species adapted to rainforest and dry forest. Most feed on invertebrates: worms, millipedes and occasionally small vertebrates, although two species favour fruit.

This fellow is a helmeted vanga:

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