September 10, 2014 06:00 ET

Keras Is Pleased to Announce the Publication of Chizi's Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Time for World Rhino Day

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2014) -

"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."
-- Craig Hatkoff, author of Owen and Mzee

"This magical tale would never have happened without the tragic plague of poaching in Africa. It is beautifully illustrated and informative -- a heartwarming way to enlighten children and parents alike."
-- Dave Matthews

In time for World Rhino Day on September 22nd, Keras is pleased to announce the publication of Chizi's Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino, a children's picture book written by Jack Jones, a high school senior, and illustrated by Jacqui Taylor.

Chizi was discovered in Zimbabwe when he was days old. A park manager there, Colin Wenham, rescued Chizi by taking him home. Chizi still lives with Wenham, 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.

Black rhinos are critically endangered. Saving Chizi and then helping him to return to his natural habitat is vital to helping his species survive.

Jack Jones is a senior in high school at Brunswick School in Connecticut, where he is on the football, wrestling, and tennis teams.

Jacqui Taylor lives in Zimbabwe. She wrote and illustrated A Hong Kong ABC, An African ABC, A Baobab is Big, and The Queen of Green.

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.

The Wenham family and illustrator Jacqui Taylor will travel to the U.S. in September to join the book launch.

All proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Tusk. The charity, whose Royal Patron is Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, invests in programs which use conservation as a tool to alleviate poverty, improve education and reduce conflict, while also protecting areas rich in biodiversity. Tusk is UK Registered Charity No 803118. Tusk USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN 30-0190986.

To learn more or see a book trailer about Chizi, please visit the website,

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RE: CHIZI'S TALE: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino
Written by Jack Jones
Illustrated by Jacqui Taylor
Picture book with 26 illustrations & 9 photos
Hardcover / ISBN: 978-0-692-22042-9 / $16.99
E-book / ISBN: 978-0-692-26947-3 / $9.99

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