Hansa is respected the world over for its finely crafted collection of our planets animal kingdom. Originally created for exclusive European collectors, each plush animal is meticulously handcrafted from portraits of real animals in their natural habitat. By themselves, or paired with other Hansa Animals, these marvelous creatures make wonderful best friends for children, adults, and collectors alike. In addition, interior designers the world over often turn to Hansa animals when designing unique, one-of-a-kind spaces. Display them in groups, or use their large, signature animals to set the theme of a room. Hansa's chief designer pulls from his background in anatomy when researching each animal. The fabric used for the spotted and striped animals is all custom designed to Hansa's exacting specifications in small quantities. And all of the fabric used is hand-cut from intricate patterns and hand-trimmed by Hansa artisans, never stamped out by machines. An average of 42 separate pieces are used for each small animal (some animals have as many as 240 different pieces). The face and body of each Hansa Animal is carefully sculpted inside-out to create their distinct features and musculature that are unique to each animal. And each face is hand finished, which means that each animal is unique just as in real life. And every Hansa animal comes with a Toys that Teach tag describing each animals habitat, lifestyle, gestation period, care of their young and eating habits. Hansa's goal is to help educate children and adults alike about the natural lives of these magnificent creatures, and to understand, respect and appreciate the importance of our co-existence with all animals.