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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.

Western Lowland Gorilla - Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla

Awax, the western lowland gorilla

About western lowland gorillas. Lowland gorillas are endangered, but they are a little more common than their relatives, the mountain gorillas. They are smaller in size, their hair is shorter and their arms are longer. They live in communities of around 30 individuals. These groups are led by a dominant older...
Arctic fox (pup) - Vulpes Lagopus

Otto, the arctic fox

About arctic foxes. Arctic foxes are white during the winter, with a thick layer of hair that protects them from the cold and that they lose when the winter is over, remaining only a shorter layer of brown and cream colored hair. They also have an excellent body heating system that...
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...
Caracal - Caracal Caracal

Àbakar, the caracal

About caracals. It is a nocturnal animal that hunts after sunset and prefers to hide among rocks during the day. They have large ears with lots of mobility. They can flip them towards any direction to determine where a sound comes from, wether to locate prey or to detect danger. Caracals are...
European Rabbit - Oryctolagus Cuniculus

Pedro, the European rabbit

About European rabbits. This rabbit species is the ancestor or all current domestic rabbits. Females are a little smaller in size than male rabbits. They are extremely sociable animals that can live in large communities. Humans introduced this species to Australia, where it became a pest. This happened due to the lack of...
Brown Bear (Cub) - Ursus Arctos

Jacob, the kodiak brown bear

About kodiak brown bears. The Kodiak bear is a subspecies of brown bear that lives in Alaska. It is the largest of all the brown bears and, along with the polar bear, is one of the largest existing terrestrial carnivores. Despite its large size, these bears can reach speeds of up...
Common Brushtail - Possum Joey - Trichosurus Vulpecula

Arlo, the common brushtail possum

About brushtail possums. The common brushtail possum is Australia's most widespread mammal. Like the rest of marsupials, their size is very small at birth (1.5 cm). To be able to develop, they spend 4-5 months in their mothers pouch feeding on her milk. The lower underside of the tip of these animals' tail...
Aye Aye - Daubentonia Madagascariensis

Stan, the aye-aye

About the aye-aye. It is a nocturnal and solitary species of lemur. During the day they sleep in nests they build out of leaves and twigs hidden in the dense foliage of trees. They have continually growing incisors (like rodents), which they use to gnaw through the bark of trees to...
Gerenuk - Litocranius walleri

Hani, the gerenuk

About the gerenuk. "Gerenuk" means "Giraffe Necked" in the language of Somalia, which is where this species comes from. Unlike females, males have horns that show multiple rings and a more muscular and robust neck. They are also generally a little larger. The head of a gerenuk is small in comparison to...
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...
South American Tapir Calf - Tapirus Terrestris

Gabriela, the lowland tapir

About lowland tapir. Lowland tapirs are excellent swimmers and divers, and they always live in areas close to the water. They can also run quite fast on land. Their main predators are crocodiles, jaguars and cougars. Tapirs have a short proboscis (trunk) as a snout that they use to grab branches, leaves,...
Giant Panda - Ailuropoda Melanoleuca

Bao, the giant panda

About the giant panda. The paws of the pandas have an extra finger, they use it as a thumb to grip bamboo. This bear species does not hibernate, as it can not store fat during the year on its bamboo diet. They have inhabited the planet for more than 2 million years...
British Shorthair Cat - Felis Catus

Abby, the British shorthair cat

About the British shorthair cat. It is probably one of the oldest breeds in Great Britain. Its ancestors were brought to the islands by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. The most common and popular color for this breed is blue (grey, a dilution of black), variant called "British Blue",...
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...
Kinkajou - Potos Flavus

Riky, the kinkajou

About kinkajous. Despite its looks, the Kinkajou is not related to monkeys, but to raccoons and coatis. These animals have a very acute sense of hearing. They could easily hear the sound of a snake sliding in the rainforest. They can rotate its feet in the opposite direction and run backwards as...