Many years ago my little brother Patrick made this ark for me. Some of the original animals have survived, and over the years I've added more. Nothing matches except the pairs, two by two. Some are hand carved, some are those great plastic ones you find in gift stores here and there. I love unpacking it at Christmastime. It always makes me smile, which I know happens in millions of other households as memories are carefully unwrapped. Take time to remember.