Humane Heroes Story Time
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Humane Heroes is a series of free books from American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul that aims to instill the love of animals into young people, encourage them to protect disappearing species and support humane conservation. The books are available to download for free on both Nook and Kindle.
The 36 stories in the Humane Heroes series focus on the inspirational stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation, and humane conservation being performed around the world by leading zoological organizations that have been verified by American Humane to uphold high standards of animal welfare. Each book is designed to introduce young readers to the fascinating world of animals, and cultivate a new generation of conservation-minded animal ambassadors who will appreciate and protect the wonderful creatures with whom we share the Earth.
During the novel coronavirus pandemic, when children in all 50 states are learning from home, American Humane’s president and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert, is giving students a new, virtual platform through which they can learn about animal welfare.
Chapter one introduces Nickel, a green sea turtle living at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago after she was hit by a boat in Florida. Chapter two highlights the unusual friendship between Kasi the cheetah and Mtani the puppy, who were introduced to each other at Busch Gardens.
In chapter three, Forest, a young man suffering from a traumatic brain injury, receives help from a dolphin named Nahele during his recovery. Chapter four explains the importance of wolf conservation efforts, and specifically the success of Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.
In chapter five, Miss Norma lives out her dream of meeting a sea lion and a whale shark at the Georgia Aquarium for her 91st birthday. Chapter six explains how a happy gorilla family was created at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
In chapter seven, a young girl visits SeaWorld on a field trip, and realizes how sharks aren’t scary, but remarkable and beautiful. Chapter eights follows the story of a baby gorilla named Bolingo growing up at Busch Gardens.
Chapter nine tells the tale of a sea turtle rescued off the west coast of Vancouver, Canada. After finishing rehab at SeaWorld San Diego, Comber gets released back into the wild. Chapter ten shares the story of Calypso the dolphin, born at SeaWorld Orlando, who shows us how dolphins can take play to an all new level.
In chapter eleven, we learn how SeaWorld’s Dean Moberg rescues big birds such as Sandhill Cranes that have been injured due to human activity. Chapter twelve tells the story of coral reefs, a crucial part of the ocean’s ecosystem that is at risk.