Rhino in the Room received the solo Medalist Honor for the Travel Abroad/Adventure category. Check out the updated cover!
Archives for March 2019
April 11, 2019 – 7:30 pmMeeting Location:
Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon. The address is 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon.South Africa and Botswana are home to 829 and 550 bird species, respectively. Jill will share some of the amazing birds she viewed while on safari in 2015, including shimmering blue starlings, multi-colored lilac rollers, and vibrant bee-eaters. It was on this trip when Jill learned that three rhinos are killed each day fueled by the demand for their horns in Asian black markets as ingredient for traditional medicine. If the current rate of poaching is not curtailed, wild rhinoceros could become extinct within the next few decades. But recent promising developments offer hope for the species. She will also talk about interesting conservation projects that she became involved in as a result of the publication of her coming-of-age suspense novel, Rhino in the Room, (signed copies available for purchase at the meeting).
Rhino in the Room wins an award is announced on the cover.
See page 11 for the BNP piece about my experience interviewing George RR Martin. My book review of Martin’s new novel, Fire & Blood is on page 12 and learn about senior pittie mix sweet Tyler on page 15.
March 5, 2019 – 7:00 pmMeeting Location:Robert Livermore Community Center,
4444 East Avenue, Livermore CA 94550Some of the best bird and animal sightings from my 2015 trip to South Africa and Botswana will be shared. As amazing as Africa’s living zoo is, there is also a dark side to this country. In 2015, a new record was set for largest number of rhinos poached. This travesty is being fueled by demand for the keratinous material in the horn in the Asian market, based on the misguided belief that the horn has curative powers for everything from hangovers to impotency to cancer. Driven largely by China and Vietnam, the heaviest consumers, an ounce of rhino horn (essentially the same material as our fingernails) is considered more valuable than gold. A single rhino horn can go for a half-million dollars. There are now only two northern white rhinos left on the planet and just 5,000 of black rhino are left in the world today. I will present the myriad of solutions that are being considered to address the problem. If the current rate of poaching is not curtailed, wild rhinos could become extinct within the next few decades.