An exciting story which is also based on the truth about how elephants behave and the difficulties of elephants and humans sharing land. Wilen loves the elephants who live near to his home but, elephants are very big and very dangerous, which means that everyone in his village is scared when they wander too close to the houses or crops. Wilen is determined to find a way of keeping the people safe – and the elephants happy! Nicola Davies brings a way of life deep in the forests of India vividly to life.
Out fishing with her father Manuela is excited when they come across a manatee. Killing a manatee requires great skill; if she and her father can bring one home there will be plenty for everyone to eat. But when she sees the orphaned baby manatee has been injured in the attack on its parent, Manuela just wants the baby to survive. Manuela promises that she will return the baby to the river one day. But can she keep her promise? Nicola Davies reflects the terrible dangers for manatees from human predators.
An illustrated mountain adventure with Caucasian leopards, based on a real conservation project, from award-winning author Nicola Davies. The sixth title in Nicola Davies' Heroes of the Wild series is a mountain adventure based on a real conservation project to protect Caucasian leopards. Malik loves exploring the mountains near his village in Armenia, and he's never forgotten the leopard he once saw as a very young boy. But the night he hears a shot from a poacher's gun ring out across the mountain he knows his leopard is in grave danger. As Malik strives to find out who would want to kill such a beautiful creature, he uncovers a villainous plot that will mean not only the death of his rare and beloved leopard, but will harm every other living thing in the mountains too.
Fact and fiction are cleverly interwoven in this thoughtful story which balances up the needs of people and animals to share space safely. Pedro looses most of his right arm when a lion savages him one night. He broods on his lion and hopes for the strength to kill it one day. But, as he heals, and encouraged by thoughtful advice from his father, Pedro learns that the most important thing it to keep both lions and humans safe - and able to live together.
Nicola Davies’s non-fiction stories are renowned for their skilful combination of great drama and important messages about conservation. Zaki’s family have always kept a performing bear and made money from showing her off. Zaki has two bear cubs he can train to dance but now the government is trying to stamp out the practice which is cruel to the bears and reducing the number of sloth bears surviving in the wild. Zaki decides to return his bear cubs to the wild but it isn’t possible for the young bears to manage on their own in the wild. A touching story about the relationship between a boy and his bear cubs.
An illustrated arctic adventure with bowhead whales, based on a real conservation project, from award-winning author Nicola Davies. The fifth title in Nicola Davies' Heroes of the Wild series is an arctic adventure based on a real conservation project to protect bowhead whales. Young and troubled Suki is sent to stay with relatives in Whale Bay after Suki's older brother Levi tries to commit suicide. Expecting to be bored and miserable, Suki is surprised by how much she thrives in the natural world: ice fishing, dog-sledding and even witnessing a whale hunt. But Levi's life remains in danger and unless Suki can find a reason for him to live she will never be able to help him. Could the bowhead whales of Whale Bay hold the answer? With beautiful illustrations by Annabel Wright, and information about the conservation project the story is based on, this chapter book for young readers will delight all those who love wildlife and care about conservation.