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.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

#795: Vermilion Darter

The Vermilion Darter is a Critically Endangered freshwater fish, found only in Turkey Creek in Alabama.This river drains more than 54,000 acres of farmland and, as such, is filled with sediment and undesirable chemicals. The diminutive Darter wasn't officially identified as a distinct species until 1992 and was classified as Endangered in 2001. In 2007, a recovery plan was set in place and, finally, in 2010 15 miles of critical habitat have been protected in the hope of saving the species.

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