When Jules asked me to make this, I thought..."oh sure, that's easy". Then when I started making the animals I realised how out of touch I was to handling the fondant and even the fondant I got was not adhering to the mixing of colours and gum-tex. But I had already bought so much fondant so I had to make it work.
Finally got the animals to look decently resembling the lion, dog, cat and elephant.
Did have some help with some videos online
Overall I managed to get most of the features of the animals, but could still work on some esp when I painted on the eyes.
The cake is a chocolate cake, sandwiched with chocolate ganache, then covered all with fondant.