The Ivory Trade in Cartoon: My Graphic Novel On Elephant Hunting

A Dangerous Life, aimed at middle school-aged readers, is written and illustrated by Sheila Hamanaka and published by the Animal Welfare Institute and Kenya Wildlife Service. In vivid illustrations and text, it tells the story of a teen girl from America whose family made a fortune in the early 20th century from elephant ivory. She takes a trip to Africa, where she encounters wild elephants and witnesses first-hand the terrible price they pay to meet the demand for ivory. She and the Chinese and Kenyan friends she makes on her trip vow to save elephants and educate people about ivory and where it comes from. You can order a copy online for $4 (cost price) at Teachers and libraries may order one copy free of charge. You can read an excerpt below.