Kind­ness to wildlife in books

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Fos­ter­ing kind­ness and re­spect for wildlife is the mes­sage be­hind a do­na­tion of chil­dren’s books to Western Bay li­braries by Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil.

The 10-book sets have been pro­duced by An­i­mal Res­cue and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Wildlife Trust (ARRC) in Tau­ranga and will be dis­trib­uted to Coun­cil’s li­braries, some schools and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups.

The sto­ries, based on true ex­pe­ri­ences, are writ­ten by ARRC founder and Tau­ranga holis­tic vet Dr Liza Sch­nei­der and il­lus­trated by five lo­cal artists.

The books fea­ture ad­ven­tures of 10 com­monly known New Zealand birds (Frankie, Wiremu, Daphne, Tilly, Sal, Pipi, Kingi, Hemi, Shel­don, Manu) as they get into trou­ble at the hands of hu­mans and are res­cued and re­turned to the wild by the he­roes.

Liza says she wrote the sto­ries to ed­u­cate com­mu­ni­ties on the im­por­tance of look­ing after our nat­u­ral her­itage and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the well­be­ing of our wildlife.

“Most birds come to harm by the hand of hu­mans. The sto­ries are all based on true cases and tell how wildlife can be im­pacted by hu­mans and how that can be avoided. All the sto­ries have a happy end­ing,” says Liza.

The birds fea­tured in the sto­ries are de­vel­oped into en­dear­ing char­ac­ters and rep­re­sent those species res­cued and brought to Liza at the ARRC refuge. ARRC has been re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing in­jured and or­phaned wildlife in the Bay of Plenty since 2003 and re­ceives more than 800 res­cued birds a year.

Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships ad­vis­ers Ben Wil­son and Glenn Ayo have spear­headed Coun­cil’s plan to use the ARRC se­ries as away to pro­mote wildlife ed­u­ca­tion.

“Coun­cil wants to help ed­u­cate our chil­dren about re­spect­ing wildlife and hav­ing a car­ing at­ti­tude to our an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment,” says Glenn.

“We work with some amaz­ing groups such as Wild About New Zealand and Maketu¯ On­ga­toro Wet­land So­ci­ety (MOWS) to pro­mote and sup­port the con­ser­va­tion mes­sage in our com­mu­ni­ties. These great sto­ries from ARRC, pre­sented so beau­ti­fully for chil­dren, is an ex­cel­lent way to help with this mes­sage— and our li­braries are a great start.”

Liza hopes the ARRC Wildlife Trust book se­ries will at­tract spon­sors to en­able the trust to fund dis­tri­bu­tion of the books to all schools in the Bay of Plenty— and fur­ther afield if pos­si­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ARRC visit their Face­book page: ARRC Wildlife Trust.

Tau­ranga holis­tic vet Dr Liza Sch­nei­der with the books she has writ­ten to ed­u­cate com­mu­ni­ties on the im­por­tance of look­ing after our nat­u­ral her­itage and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the well­be­ing of our wildlife.

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