I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my new book with National Geographic KIDS: Rhino Rescue! And more True Stories of Saving Animals. The three animals featured in the book are Honey Girl, A Hawaiian Monk Seal, who got tangled in fishing line while she hunting for food in the ocean; Kuzya and Borya, two Amur tiger brothers from the Russian Far East who lost their mother at 3 months old; and a mother and baby white rhino named Kass and Draegon who were part of a daring airlift to move rhinos away from poachers in South Africa to a new home in Botswana.
Photo Courtesy of NOAA
I loved doing the research for this book. First, I tracked down Amur tiger expert Dale Miquelle who lives many time zones away in the far east of Russia. He directs the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russian program and helped rescue Kuzya and Borya. I went to the Island of Oahu in Hawaii to research the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Did you know that there are less than 1200 of them left in the world and they are only found in Hawaiian waters? It was exciting to interview NOAA Marine Mammal Veterinarian Michelle Barbieri and scientist Tracy Mercer who helped rescue Honey Girl and nurse her back to health so she could be returned to the wild in record time. Last, and largest in animal size, was Kass and Draegon’s story.
National Geographic Explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert are the founders of Rhinos Without Borders an organization whose mission is to save the endangered South African Rhino from extinction. Over 1,000 rhinos are slaughtered each year by poachers who sell the rhino tusks for money. The Jouberts came up with a bold plan to move Kass and Draegon and up to 100 rhinos to a safe wilderness home in a secret location in Botswana. Why Botswana? You’ll find out when you read Rhino Rescue!
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