Happy Birthday to the World’s First Giraffologist!

Photo of Anne Dagg alongside the cover of The Girl Who Loved Giraffes

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:

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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.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Wendy Mason Geoghegan on January 24, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    Such a superb book it is and the artwork by Francois Thisdale is remarkable too. I treasure my copy.

  2. Kathy Stinson on January 24, 2024 at 3:35 pm

    Wonderful, Wendy. Thank you. I was very fortunate that François was keen to take in this project.

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