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.

Pallas's Cat - Otocolobus Manul

Khulan, the Pallas’s cat

About Pallas's cat. The fur of these animals hides its real size, similar to that of any domestic cat. The density and length of its fur makes it look much larger. Its fur is the densest and longest of all cats. This helps them stand the cold temperatures of the areas where...
Red Kangaroo - Macropus Rufus

Peter, the red kangaroo

About the red kangaroo. The red kangaroo is the largest existent marsupial and, therefore, the largest of all current kangaroo species. The kangaroos hind legs are larger and stronger than the front ones. They use them to jump (they can cover a distance of up to 7 meters in just one jump...
Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus Variegatus

João, the brown-throated sloth

About the brown-throated sloth. It is the most common existent three-toed sloth species. Its relatives from the other genus have only two toes. Their front arms are longer than the back legs, with three big claws that allow them to keep a strong grip on the trees where they live their entire...
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...
Red Fox - Vulpes Vulpes

Evie, the red fox

About the red fox. It has the widest distribution of any terrestrial carnivore Even though it is the smallest member of the family of the Canidae, the red fox has many ‘cat-like’ features, like vertical pupils, retractable claws, they climb trees and play with their prey before killing it. In Japan the fox (kitsune - 狐) is...
Black Panther - Panthera Pardus

Cesar, the black panther

About the black panther. The black panther is not a species itself. Most of the times we are talking about jaguars and leopards with a melanistic variant that makes them look black. This can also exist in other feline species, like the cougar. The black color of its fur can be conferred...
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,...
Koala - Phascolarctos Cinereus

Cooper, the koala

About koalas. Koalas have two thumbs on each front paw, that help them grip tree branches and trunks. However, their back paws have only one thumb without claw, and the second and third finger fused together forming a hook they can use to remove ticks from their fur. Koalas are nocturnal animals...
Asiatic Elephant - Elephas Maximus

Bagus, the Asiatic elephant

About the Asiatic elephant. Asian elephants differ from the African elephants in the size (smaller), the shape of the ears (smaller and curved), only one lobe on their trunk to grab things, the tusks, five fingers on the front feet and a slope on their back. Elephants have the longest gestation...
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...
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...
Amur Leopard Cub - Panthera pardus

Jeong, the Amur leopard

About Amur leopards. The main difference between the Amur leopard and other leopard subspecies is the longer hair of its coat, which helps it deal with the extreme conditions of the environment where it lives. It also has light blue-green eyes. Its summer coat is 2.5 cm long and is a...
Cheetah - Acinonyx Jubatus

Nayna, the cheetah

About the cheetah. Although they are felines, Cheetahs are unable to roar. They emit a bird-like croaking sound they use to identify themselves or call their cubs or other cheetahs. It is the fastest terrestrial animal, reaching top speeds of 95-115 km/h in runs of 400-500 m. Female cheetahs can have up...
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...
Celebes Crested Macaque - Macaca Nigra

Guss, the celebes crested macaque

About the macaque. It is one of the smallest existing macaque species. They are entirely black, with the exception of some white areas around their shoulders and their striking reddish-brown eyes. These are diurnal, terrestrial animals (they spend 60% of the day on the ground). At night they return to the trees to...