I adore this puzzle. What a great way to encourage your child to begin learning about nature at an early age. Also, how great are those animals? It wasn't until I saw those that I realized how most, if not all animal toys are creatures that don't live in our natural environment. Why not have a toy squirrel, raccoon, skunk etc...? After all, your child's more apt to see one of those than an estranged hippopotamus meandering around town.
These are toy created with purpose and intention, promoting education and imagination at an early age. I love it. So pretty, too. A job well done Amanda and Joel!