“Having a true passion for books about enchanting animals, I was delighted to read Chizi’s story. It is funny and charming and delivers a powerful message. This book will raise awareness and inspire children and parents alike to take action and help protect the black rhino and the planet’s other endangered species”
Author of Owen and Mzee
Black rhinos are critically endangered. Saving Chizi and then helping him to return to his natural habitat is vital to helping his species survive.
In Zimbabwe during a recent August, two park rangers made a surprising discovery. They found an abandoned baby black rhino, only days old. They called the park manager who, knowing the rhino could not survive alone, did something as surprising as the discovery itself: he took the baby rhino home.
Chizi’s Tale is the true story of that baby rhino. Chizi still lives with the manager, his wife, and their children until he matures and can be released back into the wild.
Written by a young author determined to share Chizi’s story as a way to help save the black rhino, Chizi’s Tale is a remarkable, moving story about an endearing and vulnerable rhino and the brave family helping him.
100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to Tusk.
As the endangered black rhino fights to remain viable in the wild, I can think of no better way to help save the species than to educate children – and adults – about this wonderful animal. Chizi’s Tale is an engaging and appealing book, and Jack Jones has found the right balance of fun and responsibility to tell Chizi’s story. Educational and entertaining, the book teaches an important lesson and gently encourages all of us to help save our world’s vanishing species through kindness and determination.
– Jeff Trandahl, CEO and Executive Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Jack Jones is a senior in high school at Brunswick School in Connecticut, where he is on the football, wrestling, and tennis teams. Every summer since he was a child, he has traveled to Africa, where he has learned the importance of preserving and protecting nature. He is the youngest of four children, and he likes surfing, writing, and New York Giants football.
Illustrator Jacqui Taylor lives in Zimbabwe. She wrote and illustrated “A Hong Kong ABC” and “An African ABC.” She has illustrated “Kubuka and the Magic Calabash” written by Janet Keegans (Random House Struik/2004) and “Namakwa’s Garden” written by Mary Clanahan (Random House Struik/2005). “A Baobab is Big” was written and illustrated by Jacqui (Random House Struik/2004) before her latest book, “The Queen of Green,” released by Random House Struik in 2010.
The Wenham family, with whom Chizi lives, will travel to the U.S. in September for select appearances. Colin Wenham has worked in the field of conservation for the past 25 years and has had extensive experience in game capture and management of Southern African animals, which include both species of rhino. He has a deep passion for wildlife and wild places and believes in protecting them for future generations.
Tusk has built a reputation for identifying and supporting an impressive range of conservation and sustainable community development and initiatives right across Africa. The charity, whose Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge, invests in programmes which use conservation as a tool to alleviate poverty, improve education and reduce conflict, whilst also protecting areas rich in biodiversity.
Funding is focused on the protection of endangered species and habitats, construction of schools, implementation of water projects and improving livelihoods through the creation of nature-based enterprise. Tusk is highly efficient in delivering donor funds with the maximum possible impact.
UK Registered Charity No 803118
Tusk USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation. EIN 30-0190986
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