Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe by Karen B. Winnick is about a real Baringo giraffe who was born healthy at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. She came to live at the Santa Barbara Zoo; at the age of three, a bump appeared on the side of her neck, and it grew over time. No one knew what caused it, or what it might be; it didn’t seem to bother her, and she soon became the most famous resident of the zoo.
Winnick is the author and illustrator of many picture books for children, including Barn Sneeze, Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, and A Year Goes Round: Poems for the Months.
All of the author’s proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to supporting animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Bubbles the Dwarf Zebu by Carolyn Mueller is about a special cow who has a hump and doesn’t look like the other cows in the USA. Follow the journey of Bubbles from India to the United States where she makes her home at the St. Louis Zoo. If you purchase the book through the St. Louis Zoo gift shop, part of the proceeds benefit the St. Louis Zoo.
I’m a huge of fan of young authors. One Special Rhino: The Story of Andatu was written by the fifth graders of PS 107 John W. Kimball Learning Center. Andatu is the only Sumatran rhino born in captivity in Indonesia. The book was a year long study/project by the fifth grade classes. All proceeds go to International Rhino Foundation.
What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Zoo Audubon Zoo by Millsaps and Murphy is a fun tale. Did you ever wonder why all the animals are so sleepy during the day? Maybe it is because they have so much fun during the night that they are just too tuckered out when the visitors arrive in the morning. Part of the proceeds benefit a zoo or other conservation organization.
Zoo gift shops are fun places to find some great books about animals. Part of the proceeds from zoo gift shop sales generally go back to the organization. Here are some more books to check out. If you can’t make it to a zoo gift shop, you can still get the books and donate to a zoo.
The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom
100 Pictures of Zoo Animals by Egebart
Zoo by Gail Gibbons
Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton
I Want to be a Zookeeper by Dan Liebman