Artist Pat Isch of Codorus Township is painting all of these animals and more on a mural in the nursery at St Jacob's Lutheran Church near Glen Rock.
"I did some work for Ruth Baer, and she called me and asked me if I would be interested in doing a mural for the new church and I said sure," Isch said.
Baer and other church members chose Noah's Ark as the theme with thoughts of a small painting that would cover just a portion of one wall.
But the idea grew into something larger.
The completed mural will cover the largest wall with all creatures great and small. It will spill over onto a smaller wall
"When they chose Noah's Ark I asked what animals they wanted, and every week I add something so they have to come in here and look," Isch said.
It is easy to find the giraffes and the zebras, the chimps and the owls . . . but it takes a little more time to locate the ants and the dragonflies, the turtle, the frog and the other smaller animals that are starting to emerge.
A few church members have picked up a brush and added their own artistic touches and their minister, the Rev. Paula Murray, has promised to paint a tree.
"It is a real gift to the congregation and we love it," Murray said of the mural.
"The fun thing for us is people check it every week to see what has changed. After church there will be a mob in here checking to see the artwork and pointing out the new stuff or the stuff they haven't seen before," she said.
For example, it was several weeks before people noticed the emu, Isch said.
One recent morning, she filled an empty corner of the ark with a spider web and it will be interesting
It is fun to watch Isch work and see the results, but sometimes it takes a firm voice to make the magic happen, church member Carolyn Miller said.
"She will talk to these animals and make them come to life. It is not always sugar and spice. Sometimes she has to really talk to them to make it happen." Miller said. "It is amazing how she can direct her hand and make animals appear. I should be so talented."
Isch has received requests for certain animals to be included.
One young man, Kyle Williams, wanted a wolf. After Isch agreed, he was so happy he ran and told his parents.
"My husband suggested I add a unicorn," Isch added with her infectious
She would like for someone to bring her a photo of a pet dog or cat to add to the mural, and is willing to help them do the painting if they wish.
Isch sometimes wears an apron she hand-painted with a pumpkin and fairies and flowers, part of her "uniform" when she works with a school class or Scout group.
What can church members expect to see next?
"I want to add lots of birds, and I like having things hidden in this, so that when the children are sitting there and looking at the mural, they say 'oh, there's a kitten, I didn't see that.' There will be cows, sheep, horses, mountain goats, wolves, buffalo, lots of birds, flowers, bugs and fish, chipmunks and squirrels added to it," Isch said.
"I never had any formal training and I didn't know how to paint mountains or rainbows, so every morning I watch a lesson on You Tube," she said.
Isch said the mural project is about one-tenth completed.
"I am hoping to have the majority of this done by the end of the summer and then I'll just every once in a while, come up and add to it." she said.
PAT ISCH of Codorus Township never knew she had artistic talent and got into painting almost by accident.
It all began with a gift certificate to a craft store.
She bought a set of knives
"That was 10 years ago, and from those lessons I found out I had the talent to draw and paint. I never knew I could draw," Isch said.
"This is the first picture I drew in the art lesson and everybody was like 'you've never drawn before,' and I freaked," she said, as she paged through her album that contains hundreds of examples of her work.
Her first drawing of a young child, requested by a proud grandmother, led to more drawings of children. All her drawings invoke memories, but probably none more so than one of a dog owned by a local teacher. The drawing was commissioned by her fellow teachers as a retirement gift, she said.
"The dog has since passed away and she tells me she cherishes that drawing," Isch said.
Isch has done a number of other murals, including for Make a Wish and Head Start. Her work has been displayed in local libraries and other areas. When she isn't painting, Isch works as a color consultant for home decorators and is a disaster team coordinator for the American Red Cross.