...the birds and the beasts were there." Last week we looked at some striking birds, and today we focus on the beasts. These selections come from Austrian painter Aloys Zötl’s Bestiarium, a series of exquisite watercolors produced from 1831–1887. After his death, his work was taken up by André Breton, who savored what he saw as its surrealist aesthetic: "Lacking any biographical details about the artist, one can only indulge one’s fantasies in imagining the reasons which might have induced this workman from Upper Austria, a dyer by profession, to undertake so zealously ... the elaboration of the most sumptuous bestiary ever seen." This selection includes the Hoolock gibbon, boa, cheetah, lioness, sea turtle, quagga, and walrus.
The Jungle Book. (He might even throw in a mongoose or two.) Boost your zoological IQ with Animals of the Rainforest Knowledge Cards. Or listen to NPR Sound Treks: Animals: Unforgettable Encounters in the Wild.