You all had some great guesses on the giraffe, and it's a mobile for Henry's nursery. It hangs from the curtain rod at the edge of his crib. (I have no other way of putting it up because I can't put nails in the cinder block!)
I used three sizes of embroidery hoops for the bases. Then I just used embroidery floss to tie up each animal. Each animal is made of felt and then hand-sewn together with embroidery floss.
There's a lion who has gold metallic thread in his mane. He's the king of the jungle, right?
a rhino with a braided tail
an elephant with a braided tail and a trunk that I can't get to stay up like it's supposed to.
an alligator (or crocodile? which one is in Africa?)
a fabulous zebra with a braided tail and a mohawk like mane
a giraffe with a braided tail
and lastly, an adorable monkey hanging from the smallest hoop. His tail won't stay up either, but it does look cool twisting down.
I had lots of fun putting this together, and I hope Henry enjoys looking at it when he's older and can see farther.