The Wild Nature Institute and PAMS Foundation celebrated International Day of Forests on 21 March by planting native tree seedlings at Lowassa Secondary School in Makuyuni. On this very special day, 76 students and 2 teachers from the Malihai Club (an after-school program focused on wildlife and the environment) first discussed the importance of forests and trees. Then students learned how to properly plant and care for a tree and planted 62 seedlings around the campus.
We are thrilled that children in Tanzania participated in the day, whose theme was "Forests and Education."
At the end of the day, we donated soccer balls so additional fun could be had.
This school is located in giraffe habitat in the Tarangire-Manyara region, so this activity will benefit both people and giraffes! We plan to do more tree restoration projects and inspire children to care for their forests, for giraffes, elephants, birds, people, and the planet!
We are excited to share our newest addition to the Celebrating Africa's Giants education package - rhinoceros-themed activities to accompany our children's storybook, Helping Brother Rhinoceros, and our large-sized poster African Rhinos: Conservation Crash!
"Helping Out" meets Next Generation Science Standards as children Pre-K through 6th grade learn about wildlife conservation and inter-dependency of plants and animals using hands-on, creative and fun activities. The activities were developed by Lise Levy, science teacher extraordinaire and Wild Nature Institute's education consultant - thank you Lise! Lise trains Tanzanian teachers in hands-on teaching for deeper learning, and oversees distribution of Swahili versions of our books and posters to Tanzanian classrooms, together with our Tanzanian education coordinator James Madeli.
Click on the image below to download the full PDF of "Helping Out," or visit our Rhinoceros page on this website.
The Conservation Crash! poster is available for free download on this website (click on Rhinoceros tab). Helping Brother Rhinoceros is available for purchase by contacting Monica_at_wildnatureinstitute.org.
In addition to our three amazing kids story books; the cool posters for Giraffe, Elephant and Rhino; and the educator's resources full of science and art activities, we are also producing a fantastic magazine called Nature's Giants that is full of neat stories about scientists, Africa's Giants, and more! Doug Beetle is your guide to the games, comics, and activities in this fun and beautiful magazine.
Africa's Giants is teaching kids about nature in Tanzania and the USA. Kindergartners from Cabot Yerxa Elementary School recently got to spend time with the tallest creatures at the Living Desert as the first participants of the Africa's Giants Juma Project in California. Mike Chedester, Living Desert Education Director, told the kids the story of Juma, a giraffe who questioned whether he was just like every other giraffe. Juma's mom showed him that although each individual is similar, each is also unique. The children then drew pictures of giraffes and visited the giraffes at the zoo. This delightful combination of science and art was a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about animals and conservation while enjoying an integrated art-making experience.
Wild Nature Institute is thrilled to announce our new educational poster about African rhinos. The poster is called Conservation Crash! because a group of rhinos is called a crash, but sadly rhino populations are also crashing. The poster explains why rhinos across Africa are disappearing, and why rhinos are ecological giants as well as physical giants. The goal is to inspire children and adults around the world to care about these amazingly cool creatures, so rhinos can continue to exist as they have for millions of years.
The poster is freely downloadable as a PDF (click on the image above, or go to our Rhino page), and prints to size 24" x 36".
Congratulations to the Celebrating Africa's Giants team of designers, illustrators, and scientists for creating this beautiful poster - especially David Brown and Kayla Harren.
Doug Beetle is a Dung Beetle. Dung beetles are ecological giants because they perform a huge service for the planet. Every day hundreds of millions of animals poop, and dung beetles dispose of all that manure and feces. Dung beetles collect poop, live in it, raise their young in it, and recycle it into nutrients and minerals.
On Friday Wild Nature Institute's education coordinator James shared our children's book Juma the Giraffe and accompanying giraffe-themed learning activities with 15 children from 2care2share orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. The following day the children visited Tarangire National Park and got to see beautiful giraffes in person!
Thank you to Mette and James for coordinating the education day. And thank you to Wild Nature Institute's donors for providing the funding that enables us to share our giraffe education program with these children. It is wonderful to see their happy faces and know we are planting the seeds of lifelong appreciation for giraffes.