Carol Buckley, co-founder and past President/CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, was fired last week after a five-month leave of absence imposed by the organization’s board of directors. Since Buckley’s unexplained termination, a “Supporters of Carol Buckley and The Elephant Sanctuary” Facebook group has been formed—and now it has nearly 3,000 members. Local media has reported that some donors are furious and withholding funds from the Sanctuary, which provides a natural-habitat refuge in the Tennessee hills for endangered African and Asian elephants.
In the midst of this turmoil, we wanted to draw attention to another role Buckley has filled: children’s author. Although many of you are probably familiar with Buckley’s work through the Tarra & Bella video on CBS (and YouTube)—in which Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog eat, play and sleep together—you should also share Just for Elephants, a beautiful picture book released in 2006, with any animal-loving kids.
BookPage reviewer Jennifer Robinson raved about the story, writing:
Upon opening the book, readers will be enchanted by images of elephant skin adorning the endpapers and an oversized eye peering out from the title page. . . There is a genuine sense of setting in Buckley's detailed descriptions of redtail hawks screeching overhead and the herd grazing on river cane and china grass that grows all around.
Buckley has also written Travels with Tarra and Tarra and Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends. Who knows what Buckley will go on to do after her 15 years at The Elephant Sanctuary. I certainly hope she continues to write.
Do you have a favorite nonfiction book about animals?