Here are two books about wildlife conservation for #EarthMonth —
RHINO IN THE HOUSE: The True Story of Saving Samia (2017) is a #nonfiction story of #AnnaMerz, a woman who founded the Lewa Downs Sanctuary in #Kenya, and Samia, a black rhino. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy began in 1985 and has grown a lot since then! RHINO IN THE HOUSE is a fun and engaging look at Merz’s relationship with Samia and is a great way to introduce young readers to #endangeredspecies and #wildlifeconservation. Author/illustrator #DanielKirk visited Lewa, near Nairobi, Kenya, in 2016 and his beautiful illustrations are informed by his trip. RHINO IN THE HOUSE is published by @abramskids Ages 4-8.
A flaw I find in the book is that no other people are shown in the pictures. Kirk mentions that there are keepers, security guards, and others, but their work and importance to the sanctuary are not described. So, I am also sharing...
THE ELEPHANT KEEPER: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia (2017), is inspired by author #MargrietRuurs’ visit to Lilayi Elephant Nursery in #Zambia, which is run by the NGO Game Rangers International. The two protagonists (human and elephant) are based on real figures: Aaron, Team Leader of the elephant keepers at Lilayi; and, Zambesi, an elephant who was rescued from a holiday lodge swimming pool as a baby. (A photo and additional information about Aaron is given at the end of the book, but his last name is not provided.) Interspersed throughout the fictionalized story are insets with photographs and factual information about elephants; the danger they face and efforts to help them; and the work of elephant keepers. THE ELEPHANT KEEPER is illustrated by #PedroCovo. It is part of the #CitizenKid book series by @kidscanpress, which aims to “inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.” Lots of text; best for readers ages 8-12.
A portion of proceeds from each book goes toward the orgs they describe. Overall: good intros to wildlife conservation in East Africa, but I’d love to see an own voices picture book on the topic. Any recs for a wildlife conservation book by an East African writer?