Happy Birthday to the World’s First Giraffologist!
On the eve of Anne Innis Dagg’s 90th birthday, I challenged myself to sum up her life in 90 words.
A Canadian girl sees her first giraffe and falls in love.
She begins to dream of studying giraffes in Africa.
She does it.
She writes a book and gives university lectures about them while raising her children.
Universities deny her (a married woman) tenure.
She becomes a feminist activist.
Giraffologists invite her to a conference. A documentary film is made about her.
Launched back into the world of giraffes, she works with partners in Africa to help wild giraffes survive and thrive.
I had the extraordinary privilege of meeting with Anne many times during the year leading up to the covid pandemic, and got to use as many words as were needed to tell her remarkable story in a book for children, which also includes fun facts about giraffes.
So, what better way to celebrate Anne’s 90th birthday — even if it is actually her 91st (time flies!) — than to:
- Purchase (online or locally) a copy of The Girl Who Loved Giraffes for a young (or not so young) giraffe-lover or feminist in your life! (A portion of royalties go to the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation through which her conservation work is done.)
- And visit Anne’s Facebook page and help fulfill her biggest birthday wish! (It’s probably not what you think!)
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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.