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Zoo Portraits

Zoo portraits is a creative and educational project based on the animal kingdom and is divided into three main areas: Image, education and awareness. Our portraits of animals wearing clothes are caricatures. They’re an artistic (and ironic) means of helping people identify with animals, bringing them closer to the animal world.

Lion - Panthera Leo

Moses, the lion

About lions. Lions are the only sociable felines that live in groups. The rest of the felines tend to be solitary and roam freely, if anything, with their offspring. They live in prides with two or three independent males and multiple females with their offspring. These usually consist of 10-15 individuals,...
Walrus - Odobenus Rosmarus

Joseph, the walrus

About the walrus. The walrus has huge ivory tusks to perform several tasks. They use them (as a lever) to drag their own bodies and climb out of the cold water, to break holes in the ice and be able to breathe under the ice sheets, to defend their territory...
Barn Owl - Tyto Alba

Isabella, the barn owl

About the barn owl. They are nocturnal birds that have the ability to fly silently, which makes it easy for them to hear any noise that helps them locate their prey. Owls have the acutest sense of hearing of all studied species in the animal kingdom. This trait allows them to locate...
Northern Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis

Ayana, the northern giraffe

About northern giraffes. There are 4 distinct species of giraffe and 4 subspecies of the northern giraffe. The main difference among all of them is the shape, tone and pattern of the spots found on their fur, as well as less noticeable differences in body shape and size. It is the...
Polar Bear - Ursus Maritimus

Sakari, the polar bear

About the polar bear. As main predators in the Arctic marine ecosystem, they are at the very top of the food chain. These animals eat up to 30 kg of food per day and their cubs 1 kg. This species descends from brown bears, evolving as a separate species during the Pleistocene...
Red Squirrel - Sciurus Vulgaris

Saija, the red squirrel

About red squirrels. They are solitary animals that live in treetops and try to remain there as much as possible, leaping from tree to tree. These squirrels build nests with twigs, moss, etc. and sometimes they use tree hollows for that purpose. Generally, each squirrel has more than one nest, to...
Zebra - Equus Quagga

Raila, the plains zebra (common zebra)

About plains zebras (common zebras). Contrary to what is generally believed, the background color of zebras is black and its stripes, white. Its skin serves as a repellent, deterring flies, horseflies and other insects. The white and black stripes are visually not attractive to these animals. It also serves as camouflage...
Domestic sheep - Ovis aries

Sam, the common sheep

Sheep are domestic mammals, descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia (Ovis orientalis). Within this species, apart from domestic sheep, there are mouflons and urials. They are all quadrupedal ungulates, which means they walk on four legs and use the tip of their toes, usually hoofed, to sustain their body...
Common Raccoon - Procyon Lotor Psora

Rascal, the common raccoon

About common raccoons. The word "raccoon" comes from the Algonquin Indian word "aroughcoune", which means "he who scratches with his hands". Raccoons do not hibernate, but they can sleep in their dens for weeks. They are excellent swimmers and they can stay in the water for hours. Did you know that raccoons seem...
Spanish Bull - Bos Taurus

Fernando, the Spanish bull

About Spanish bulls. The Spanish fighting bull is an Iberian bovine. It is a local variety, bred from Spanish bovine cattle through the processes of selection and crossing. Besides being selected for beef and milk production, the characteristic called “bravura” (an aggressive nature) has also been sought for the purpose of...
Emperor penguin - Aptenodytes forsteri

Roald, the emperor penguin

Penguins are a group of flightless seabirds that happen to be expert swimmers and divers. With 19 different species – most of which are found in the southern hemisphere of our planet –, people often find these birds funny, because of how they waddle on land. Penguins use their wings (fused into one...
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey - Rhinopithecus Roxellana

Hui, the golden monkey

About the golden snub-nosed monkey. It is the only monkey that can withstand snow on a regular basis. The face of this langur species is blue, which makes it one of the very few mammals with this color on its body. They live in family groups with one male and several females,...
Black and White Hawk-Eagle - Spizaetus melanoleucus

Matheus, the black-and-white hawk-eagle

The black-and-white hawk-eagle is a relatively unknown type of diurnal bird of prey. It is some 56 to 61 cm long overall, its wingspan is up to 117 cm and it weighs about 840 g. This hawk-eagle is white, except on the outside of its wings, its back, the...
Wombat - Vombatus Ursinus

Henry, the wombat

About common wombats. Wombats dig their burrows using their powerful claws and sharp rodent-like front teeth. They build large warrens of tunnels underground. Their mating habits are interesting. When the female is in heat, the male pursues her forming circles around her until she is tired. Then the male rolls her...
Sea Otter (Pup) - Enhydra Lutris

Gorou, the sea otter

About sea otters. Sea otters are one of the smallest marine mammal species and have the thickest fur of any mammal. They have to rely on this waterproof fur to stay warm because they don’t have thick layers of fat like other cold-water mammals. They are capable of living their entire...