While promoting the work of others connecting kids and wild animals, we are also creating some books of our own, written by the WAKA founder, Cathleen Burnham. There are four books in the series so far, with two more in the works.
Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon tells the story of a real 10-year-old girl who rescues orphaned monkeys in the Amazon rainforest, performing a vital role at her family-run sanctuary to take care of the baby animals till they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
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Tortuga Squad is about a group of kids in Costa Rica working to save baby turtles, patrolling the beach on Parismina Island for poachers and rescuing eggs to incubate in a hatchery they have built. When the eggs hatch, they gather again to ensure the little turtles make it to the water on their first journey to the ocean.
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Tony and His Elephants introduces Tony, an eight-year-old boy, whose family runs a small elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. He becomes involved in the care of two young elephants, Baby Pumpuii and Nam Cho, rescued from an urban setting to a new life in the forests.
But life in the wilds is not without its own drama and danger. Tony is quickly drawn into a deep and lasting relationship with these amazing and sensitive animals.
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In Emily: 10-Year-Old Champion of Rainforest Animals in Need, we meet a real-life young girl active in a youth program to save wild animals in western Costa Rica. Emily helps care for an orphaned baby sloth at a local animal sanctuary and participates in other activities from dramatic skits for tourists to the sponsorship of rope bridges to help squirrel monkeys cross busy roads near her small town. The story highlights the impact young people can have on protecting local wild animals and preserving natural habitats.
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