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.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

#790: Vasa Parrot

The Vasa Parrots are somewhat odd-looking parrots, native to Madagascar and surrounding islands. Flocks consist of a female with 3-8 mates, all of which assist her in raising the chicks. The male is able to invert his cloaca, turning it into a hemipenis and creating a copulatory tie. This assists in fertilisation, assuring the male greater chance of fathering offspring. This feature is generally found in lizards, not birds. During the nesting period, the female sheds her head feathers and will sing to her males, encouraging them to regurgitate food.

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