Bulu is the true story of a courageous Jack Russell terrier-mix dog. Born on a crocodile farm in Zambia’s untamed South Luangwa Valley, he seemed different from his littermates. Too quiet. Unresponsive. Nobody wanted him. He was finally adopted by two retired police officers from England-Anna and Steve Tolan who had left their home in Great Britain to follow a dream. To build and run a wildlife education centre for the children of Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley, to teach them about the value of wildlife and how to conserve this last great African wilderness.
Because many thought the Tolans were a bit different, too, this peculiar puppy suited them perfectly. They named him Bulu, or “wild dog” in the local Nyanja Language. Living with Anna and Steve in the bush, Bulu not only found his voice, he also found his calling as a foster parent to the orphaned baby animals-including warthogs, monkeys, baboons, elephants, and a buffalo-cared for by the Tolans.
But Bulu’s protective nature led him into terrifying situations in the wild. It’s a miracle he survived! But survive he did, disarming people with his wacky ways and nurturing once-unwanted creatures like himself until they too could be set free.
This story for both adolescent and adult readers written by Dick Houston has deftly captured the Tolan’s enormous task of moving countries, climate and lifestyle. It is packed with vivid descriptions of adrenaline encounters, and illustrated throughout with black and white photographs but at it’s heart it is an adventure story that touches on a variety of African wildlife issues and features lots of adorable, orphaned baby animals! Lassie meets Born Free!
Whilst Dick Houston was born in Ohio, he has spent most of his adult life in Africa as a safari guide, conservationist, teacher, and writer. On top of this he has taught English in the United States, Venezuela, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa.
As well as Bulu: African Wonder Dog, he has written on Africa topics for Smithsonian, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He wrote of his adventurous life in the critically-acclaimed Safari Adventure [Penguin USA, 1991]
Dick is also the President and co-founder of Elefence a small group of “elephant warriors” on a mission to resolve Elephant – Human conflict in Africa.
Dick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and history from Kent State University; and a Master’s Degree in English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
He has received the Roger T. Beitler Award from Kent State University for Arts & Humanities (1992); and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Edinboro University for Arts & Humanities (1994)
A portion of book sales will be donated to the Chipembele Wildlife Education Center (Zambia) operated by Bulu’s “parents”, Steve and Anna Tolan.
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