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, March 15, 2016

#846: Woylie

The Woylie is a diminutive relative of the kangaroo, standing about 30 cm tall. She once ranged across 60% of Australia. Now, due to habitat loss- her home being cleared for agriculture - and predation by foxes and feral cats, that range has dropped to 1%; she is Critically Endangered. Whilst she does dine on roots, tubers, shoots and other vegetative matter, the bulk of her nutrients come from underground fungi, which is consumed by bacteria in her stomach. She likely played an important role in the dispersal of fungal spores in the desert ecosystem. Her tail is semi-prehensile, and she uses it to carry nesting material back to her dome-shaped nest.

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