A Boy and a Jaguar

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About the Book

Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably.

Except when he talks to animals…Then he is fluent.

Follow the life of Panthera’s CEO and the man Time Magazine calls, "the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation" as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals, and people, who cannot speak for themselves. This real-life story with tender illustrations by Catia Chien explores truths not defined by the spoken word.

Available in hard-cover and as an e-book, A Boy and a Jaguar, will be released on May 6, 2014. Order your copy now!


This book made me cry tears of sympathy, and joy. You and I are this boy; You and I are this jaguar."
—Sherman Alexie, National Book Award winner for The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian
This true story of a promise kept is for everyone – no matter what age – to read and share."
—Sy Montgomery, Sibert Medal Winner for Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot
A beautiful book that will inspire stutterers to succeed and make a positive difference in the world."
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
In his first book for children, conservationist and adult author Rabinowitz frames his lifelong struggle with stuttering against his equally long-held love of animals...It's a candid and deeply resonant account of a hard-fought battle against societal stigma, and an embrace of one's true talent and calling"
—Publisher's Weekly, starred review

About the Author and Illustrator

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts and is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world’s 37 wild cat species. He has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. As shared in A Boy and a Jaguar, Dr. Rabinowitz collared the first jaguars of Belize in the early 1980s, producing research that helped establish the world's first jaguar preserve - the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Dr. Rabinowitz has authored over one hundred scientific and popular articles and seven books. One of Dr. Rabinowitz's greatest achievements was the conceptualization and implementation of the Jaguar Corridor - a series of biological and genetic corridors for jaguars across their entire range from Mexico to Argentina.

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Catia Chien

Catia Chien is an avid painter who works from her studio in Southern California. Besides filled with vivid imagination, her work is described as rich with whimsy, colors, and energy. She is currently producing work for the children's book market, film and animation, comic book anthologies, and galleries.


You might also enjoy Panthera’s film, My Pantanal

‘My Pantanal’ is a film about a boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a fazenda (ranch) in the Pantanal, the world’s largest and wildest wetland, in Brazil. Aerenilso shows us what it is like to be a Pantaneiro (a cowboy), riding his horse, doing his chores, and exploring this incredible landscape that is teeming with wildlife, including the jaguar. My Pantanal is the first film project fully produced by Panthera, available in English and Portuguese for children and adults alike.