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Obscure Animal Alphabet - K by Ulario Obscure Animal Alphabet - K by Ulario

I said that that I'd be publicly posting another page of the obscure animal alphabet book project publicly somewhere near the middle of the alphabet. Guess what... I'm nearing in on the middle!

In all honesty, this was the letter that I couldn't WAIT to do. And I had plans of publicly posting this page since I first started the project.

About the Kakapo
Due to conservation efforts, this species is a little less obscure then most of the other animals I try to use for this project, but I've been wanting to use them in the project to spread awareness of this species.

The kakopo (which means "night parrot" in the Maori language) is a large flightless parrot from New Zealand.
There are only about 123 of these birds left in the world and there is a team of people dedicated to saving these animals.

This one in particular wears the clothing patterns and weapons of the Maori people who her species shared their environment with. She even has the Ta Moko tattoos that were worn by the warriors of the Maori tribes. However, unlike the Maori, she is most likely not a cannibal. :p

If you'd like to learn more about the recovery effort of the Kakapo, visit this website: [link]

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this picture... or the original pencil sketch please send an e-mail or PM. I'm donating all money made from this picture to the Kakapo Recovery Programme.

I will not be releasing any more pictures from the Obscure Animal Alphabet until right before the release of the book.

Character & Image 2010 Traci Vermeesch-Vezina
Please DO NOT copy, alter, repost, etc without the consent of the artist! Character/Image are NOT public domain!
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BlackOkamiAngel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
BlitsRainer Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
I also wish she was real.
SilverAmphithere Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, amazing! I remember doing a project on the Kakapo when I was in year five, and I loved researching these exotic parrots. They're beautiful, but manage to be graceful despite their sturdy little builds, and you've portrayed that so well here. :iconkakapoplzplz:
triptychr Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful bird. Kind of an unfortunate name.
felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This species brings to my mind Dodo, just except the habitat. :sherlock:

btw: I'm curious if you have got all places in your alphabet full up.
Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Only up to the letter L.
felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about the rest?
Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
They're not finished yet...
felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not drew or not found?
HeroesFanboy138 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Nice picture, although, something that's always confused me, how do the furred (and in this case feathered) anthros have tattoos? It's probably excusible in this case because I'm assuming the Maori people painted on their tattoos, but it is always confusing on how the inked patterns of modern tattoos apear on the fur in the desired look.

But hey, that doesn't have anything to do with this. Good art, nice work with the face (it must be hard to make look humaniod with the beak), like the costume design. I do want to see more.
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