Children’s Books for ages 3+ about the issues surrounding rhino and pangolin.
Mhelembe: A Rhino Tale – Authored and illustrated by Imelda Bell (age 3+)
This story, written in rhyme, is about 2 children living in an African village. One day they find a baby rhino, who’s mother has been poached for her horns. The story centres around the rescue of the orphaned rhino and is based on the real, ongoing work of Rhino Revolution, a rhino orphanage and rehabilitation centre in South Africa, who care for not only rhinos, but pangolins too. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release.
Mhelembe: The Rhino Totem – Authored and Illustrated by Imelda Bell (age 7+)
This story explores the ancient idea of totems or spirit animals common in many populations throughout the world and centres around the rescue of an orphaned rhino. It is based on the real, ongoing work of Rhino Revolution, a rhino orphanage and rehabilitation centre in South Africa, who care for not only rhinos, but pangolins too. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release.
Did you ever see a pangolin? – Authored and Illustrated by Imelda Bell (7+)
This is a fun book written in rhyme to teach children about this endangered species/Returning to the values and folklore of ancestors, it helps to remind us of the true worth of the worlds most trafficked animal.
Ubuntu: The Summer of the rhino – Author Julia Johnson and Illustrated by Bug Fawcett (7+)
As the moon rises over the South African savannah, a young African girl called Thembile and her father, a wildlife ranger, are patrolling through the night on horseback. They hear the heart-rending cries of a terrified rhino calf, and find him shivering beside the mutilated body of his mother. Help is summoned, but who will care for this orphan?
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