Category Archives: Botswana

Cub Scouts Rule!

Wow, did I have an awesome time hanging out with the Cub Scouts at the Cub-O-Ree! The event was held at the Lost Pines Scout Reserve, outside Bastrop, Texas. Among 400 wooded acres of fun and games, Scouts were taught how to set up a proper wilderness camp, briefed in first aid, learned how to […]

In the footsteps of Giants…the Literary Kind

I just touched down in Colorado after an amazing tour of New England, where I visited dozens of bookstores and libraries from Boston, Massachusetts to Bar Harbor, Maine. One thing that jumped out as I traveled was the region’s deep appreciation of books. New Englanders love to read! Nearly every town, no matter how small, […]

Trying to Learn Setswana in Botswana

Botswana has two official languages, English and Setswana. Setswana is also one of the many official languages of South Africa, and is spoken in parts of Zimbabwe and Namibia. In total, approximately 4.5 million people in Southern Africa speak the language. When we were traveling in Botswana we did our best to learn as many […]

Travels with Gannon & Wyatt Botswana at Barnes & Noble

Author, Patti Wheeler, recently dropped into the Barnes & Noble at the St. John’s Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida, and was greeted by a wonderful surprise. There, on the shelf in the middle-grade section, was Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana! Three copies sold while she was in the store and much to the delight […]

Animal Profile: Zebra

Did you know that every zebra has its own unique set of stripes? It’s true. Their stripes are like fingerprints. No two patterns are alike. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why zebras have stripes, but most think that they are used to camouflage them from predators. When Zebras travel in herds their stripes make it hard […]

High-tech Anti-poaching Strategy Used to Save Rhinos

This morning, I heard a troubling story on the radio. According to the story, rhinos around the world are being killed in record numbers.

The story, though sad, did have a hopeful ending. Authorities are stepping up efforts to capture poachers. Recently they began using drones, small unmanned aircraft with infrared cameras, to identify poachers at night when they do most of their hunting. Once spotted, Rangers are given the poachers location so they can address the situation. Ultimately, officials believe the drone strategy will save the lives of many rhinos.