Panthera is excited to share that the first children’s book written by CEO and wild cat scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, entitled A Boy and a Jaguar, was released today and can now be ordered through publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Featuring beautiful and vibrant illustrations by Catia Chien, this children's book shares Dr. Rabinowitz’s story of the childhood bond he formed with a jaguar at the Bronx Zoo, the solace he sought in speaking to animals to overcome a severe stutter, the promise he made to one day use his voice to protect animals, and his lifelong work to fulfill this vow by conserving wild cats around the world.
Feeling more alive and at home with animals in the wild than anywhere else, Dr. Rabinowitz takes readers on a journey to Belize, where he was the first scientist to study and collar the country’s jaguars. Against the illustrated backdrop of Belize’s jungles, Dr. Rabinowitz describes how he worked closely with the government to establish the world’s first jaguar preserve – the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – and live up to the promise he made to use his voice to protect animals.
Dedicating the book “to all those who have found their voice, and who use it to speak for others in need,” Dr. Rabinowitz’s story is one of struggle and triumph not only for himself, but for the jaguars of Latin America, and stutterers around the world. Both candid and moving, this book will resonate with people of all ages.
Today, A Boy and a Jaguar is available for purchase in hard cover and as an e-book. Learn more about A Boy and a Jaguar.
Watch an interview with Dr. Rabinowitz on A Boy and a Jaguar.
Send an e-card to let your friends and family know about A Boy and a Jaguar and learn more about the book.
Learn about Dr. Rabinowitz’s jaguar conservation work through Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative.
Interested in educational conservation media for children? Check out Panthera’s film, My Pantanal, produced for children and adults alike on Panthera’s jaguar conservation efforts in Brazil.