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The Resource The elephant keeper : caring for orphaned elephants in Zambia, written by Margriet Ruurs ; illustrated by Pedro Covo

The elephant keeper : caring for orphaned elephants in Zambia, written by Margriet Ruurs ; illustrated by Pedro Covo

Label
The elephant keeper : caring for orphaned elephants in Zambia
Title
The elephant keeper
Title remainder
caring for orphaned elephants in Zambia
Statement of responsibility
written by Margriet Ruurs ; illustrated by Pedro Covo
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 14-year-old Aaron's village in Zambia, poaching for ivory is common practice, and elephants are feared because of the danger they pose to humans and the damage they often cause to crops so important to the villagers' livelihoods. But when Aaron encounters a newborn elephant in distress, his instinct is not to run away, but to jump to its rescue. This is the beginning of a beautiful bond of friendship and a meaningful vocation. This moving story, written by Margriet Ruurs and stunningly illustrated by Pedro Covo, is inspired by the true story of Aaron and Zambezi-a teenage Zambian boy and an orphaned baby elephant that was rescued from a swimming pool at a holiday lodge. Aaron had been a casual laborer, just trying to make enough money to support his family, but when gamekeepers noticed his natural ability to care for animals, he was offered a job as an elephant keeper at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, where his still works to this day. Zambezi was only one month old when he was found nearly drowning in a holiday lodge swimming pool. His mother had been killed by poachers and he'd been separated from his herd. Severely dehydrated, he'd tried to drink from the pool and had fallen in. Now Zambezi is nearly 6 years old and is doing very well. This unique informational picture book for middle-graders includes three non-fiction spreads, which provide intervals in the story and opportunities for classroom discussions. These spreads feature photos as well as information about elephants, poaching and the amazing work that is done at an elephant orphanage. At the end of the book there are suggestions for ways readers can help the cause
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NLC
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1952-
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Ruurs, Margriet
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1988-
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Covo, Pedro
Series statement
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  • Elephants
  • Animal rescue
  • Poaching
  • Zambia
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The elephant keeper : caring for orphaned elephants in Zambia, written by Margriet Ruurs ; illustrated by Pedro Covo
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
960840401
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781771385619
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Label
The elephant keeper : caring for orphaned elephants in Zambia, written by Margriet Ruurs ; illustrated by Pedro Covo
Publication
Control code
960840401
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781771385619
Other physical details
colour illustrations

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