Falling in love with animals, especially up close at the Los Angeles Zoo, I dreamt of going on safari in Africa. Finally, my dream came true! Morning to evening, I rode in a jeep over bumpy roads, viewing elephants and their young, zebras and wildebeests galloping, giraffes munching treetops, cheetahs hunting and lions resting. Hyenas, rhinos, hippos, warthogs, ostriches, and all sorts of colorful birds, so many wondrous animals! (Only the leopard was difficult to spot!) I watched closely and took notes on everything I observed. When I returned home, I shaped my notes into poems. I wrote them over and over and painted pictures in acrylic paint and opaque watercolor (called gouache) for each one until I thought they expressed my safari experience which I hoped to share.