Cape Town based children’s author, Linda “Lulu” Fellowes has penned a delightful children’s book to help raise awareness about the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. She has donated 200 books to the Wilderness Foundation which will receive the proceeds from each book sold. The book is entitled iThemba, which is the Xhosa word for hope.
“I wanted to do something that would bring the message of rhino poaching to a younger audience,” says Fellowes.
The 23 page, beautifully illustrated book revolves around two-ton heroine, iThemba, and her game-ranger friend Joe, who embark on a mission to save her skin (and her horn) when poachers come calling.
“Kids will love how iThemba and Joe foiled the wicked horn hunters in an exciting tale which is loosely based on the real-life arrest of poachers in the Kruger Park,” says Fellowes.
Proceeds from the 200 donated books sold at R100 each will go towards the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.
The campaign was launched in May 2011 and aims to gather support from the public and various stakeholders to help fight against rhino poaching in South Africa and save the rhino from extinction.
“It is only through a global campaign and political will that we can save this remnant of the dinosaur age – the rhino,” says founder of the Wilderness Foundation, environmentalist and conservationist, Dr Ian Player.
The Wilderness Foundation‘s Forever Wild campaign aims to maintain populations of