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.
Microplastics article on page 4 – Not to be missed!
Page 12 has my review of Where the Crawdads Sing
Page 15: Dog Rescue column. Vicky has been adopted (yay), but check out Love and Second Chances dog rescue.
I’m pleased to announce that my coverage of the Mount Diablo Audubon Christmas Bird Count made the front page of January’s Diablo Gazette. Also in this issue is my book review column of Tamara Shiloh’s Jaxon’s Magical Adventure: What if there were no Black People in the World?”(Page 10). My Rubydooby_do column featured sweet Walter, a German Shepherd (Page 10). Also a wonderful memorial to my brother-in-law, Lawr Michaels (Page 11).
What are the odds? Back in August 2018, a full month before my book would launch, my hubby and I were on a train traveling from Bergen to Oslo in Norway. As chance would have it, a South African couple sat across from us. When they learned that I was publishing a novel about rhinos, they jotted down my information. I never expected anything to come of it, but they emailed me. The gentleman had purchased my book and wrote, “The book is a superb read and has created a real life story with realistic actions. I could not put down the book and was enthralled by the continuous action and drama playing off in our country.Well done and good luck with any future novels you may write. Please let me know if you if you write any further books. I would like to follow your writings.” I was thrilled, to say the least!!!
So honored to have my novel included in the list of killer book list for the holidays:
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So honored to be included on this distinguished list of authors! Books make great gifts.
Rhino in the Room makes an ideal holiday present for:
- Anyone who always wanted to go on an African safari or who is planning to go on safari and want to get a sneak preview of what to expect in a bush camp.
- Animal lovers of all ages who love rhinos, elephants, and big cats
- Tension junkies that enjoy a good page turner.
- People who collect books for beautiful covers.
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