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Ruuxa & Raina

Georgeanne Irvine

Warwick’s celebrates International Cheetah Day!
Georgeanne Irvine

Ruuxa & Raina

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Ruuxa & Raina
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This is a ticketed event. Seating is first-come, first served. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

On Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm Warwick's will celebrate International Cheetah Day! Ruuxa the Cheetah will be in-store with his canine friends Raina and Rae, as well as Georgeanne Irvine, author of Ruuxa & Raina. Georgeanne "George" Irvine has been a spokesperson for wildlife and conservation for more than 40 years. She is the director of corporate publishing for San Diego Zoo Global and has also worked in the public relations/marketing and development divisions of the organization. A journalism degree from San Diego State University paved the way for Irvine’s writing career. She is the author of more than two dozen children’s books about animals, including San Diego Zoo Global Press’ new Hope and Inspiration collection, which features true tales about Zoo and Safari Park animals that have overcome challenges in their lives. Some of her other books were published by Simon & Schuster and Scholastic. Irvine is also the author of hundreds of magazine, newspaper, and web articles, many of which are illustrated with her photographs. In addition, Irvine is the co-founder of Writing Women of San Diego, a group of published authors and writers who work together to promote projects and share information about the business aspect of writing. She has travelled to many of the wildest places on Earth to photograph animals in the native habitats. In addition, she lectures and leads expeditions around the world. This is a ticketed event. Tickets include one General Admission and your choice of Ruuxa & Raina, Fabulous Floyd, Karen's Heart, OR Mosi Musa. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

CHEETAH WARNING! Dogs, please stay home the evening of December 4th!

Ruuxa & Raina: A Cheetah and Dog’s True Story of Friendship and Miracles
Who said cats and dogs can’t get along? In the Benjamin Franklin Award gold medalist RUUXA & RAINA, we’re treated to an empowering tale of a pair of devoted friends—a cheetah and a Rhodesian ridgeback—each of whom receive their own miracle. Illustrated with expressive photos, we follow Ruuxa (ROOK-suh) and Raina as they grow up together at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and beat the odds. Ruuxa was born with bowed front legs, and Raina was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Their recovery proves that miracles can—and do—happen when you have a best buddy by your side.
Cheetah and dog pairs have been animal ambassadors at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park for decades. Zoo caregivers introduce the cheetahs when they are cubs to puppy pals to provide comfort and socialization. Cheetah and dog teams help their trainers teach humans about the magnificence of cheetahs and how they can be saved in the wild. Trainers, who work with the duos every day, regularly witness the close bond that the two animals form.
Five Fun Facts about Cheetahs and Rhodesian Ridgebacks
1. A cheetah’s skin is covered with black spots, just like their fur. The black fur grows out of the spots.
2. Cheetahs’ claws are nonretractable and sharp like cleats, giving them great traction when they run.
3. Rhodesian ridgebacks were first bred in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Africa, to hunt animals like lions. They used to be called African lion hounds. Now they are mostly family pets.
4. The black “tear tracks” under a cheetah’s eyes help cut down the sun’s glare when it is hunting.
5. Rhodesian ridgebacks are named for the ridges that run down their spines. Some ridgebacks, like Raina, don’t have ridges.

Karen's Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan
It started with a murmur and ended with a cheer! This Benjamin Franklin Award silver medalist picture book is the true story of Karen, a Sumatran orangutan at the San Diego Zoo, who won the hearts of everyone around her as she was diagnosed with, and overcame, a heart condition. Karen's Heart chronicles her short stay in the Zoo’s baby animal nursery, her reintroduction to her orangutan family, and her brave journey through history-making open heart surgery and her challenging recovery. Karen’s story is an inspiration and an important lesson for children to learn: with trust and proper care, things will get better. Although Karen found herself sick to the point of open-heart surgery, she trusted her keepers and was able to regain her life. Find out how one baby orangutan changed the San Diego Zoo forever and teaches our youth about being brave by reading KAREN’S HEART.
Five Fun Facts About Orangutans
1. Orangutans can live up to 60 years!
2. Orangutan means “person of the forest” in the Malay language.
3. Most male orangutans have large cheek pads, called flanges.
4. Orangutans are arboreal, which means they spend most of their time in the trees.
5. There are two species of orangutans. They live in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra, which are in Southeast Asia.

Fabulous Floyd: The True Story of a Flamingo Who Never Gave Up
Even before he hatched, Floyd’s keepers knew his life would be different. Fabulous Floyd follows a real flamingo at the San Diego Zoo who overcame many obstacles in his life, including an unprecedented series of operations to straighten his crooked legs. It chronicles his journey from hatchling, to becoming an animal ambassador, to his surgery and recovery, and it shows how he helped his human caretakers learn about never giving up. Floyd’s story teaches not only his caregivers but, the reader that although life will throw you curve ball after curve ball, remaining positive and persevering is the most important. This valuable life lesson is seamlessly assimilated into the storyline, along with interesting facts about flamingos and colorful images. Find out how one flamingo inspired his San Diego Zoo friends and teaches our youth about perseverance by reading FABULOUS FLOYD.
Five Fun Facts About Flamingos
1. Flamingos’ pink color comes from pigment in the foods they eat—including shrimp, mollusks, fish, insects, and flies.
2. When flamingos fly, they run a few steps on the ground or water to gain speed before they take off into the air.
3. What looks like a knee on a flamingo, is really an ankle! A flamingo’s knees are close to its body, under the feathers.
4. Flamingo chicks have babysitters! They hangout together in a group called a creche while a couple of adults keep an eye on them.
5. No one knows exactly how long flamingos live in the wild. They can live up to 60 years in zoos and wildlife parks.


Mosi Musa: A True Tale about a Baby Monkey Raised by His Grandma
Mosi’s grandmother was there for him right from the start! Mosi Musa is a heartwarming, hardcover children’s book that features the true story about Mosi Musa, a baby vervet monkey at the San Diego Zoo, who had a challenging start to life because his mother showed no interest in caring for him. When Mosi’s Grandma Thelma steps in to raise him, keepers are relieved. Although the human caretakers need to bottle feed the tiny monkey, Grandma Thelma does the rest: cuddling, grooming, and protecting him. Together, Mosi and Grandma Thelma show how special—and important—grandmas truly are.

Ruuxa & Raina: A Cheetah and Dog's True Story of Friendship and Miracles Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781943198061
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: San Diego Zoo Global Press - May 1st, 2018

Fabulous Floyd: The True Story of a Flamingo Who Never Gave Up Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781943198054
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: San Diego Zoo Global Press - May 1st, 2018

Karen's Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781943198047
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: San Diego Zoo Global Press - May 1st, 2018

Mosi Musa: A True Tale about a Baby Monkey Raised by His Grandma Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781943198092
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: San Diego Zoo Global Press - August 1st, 2019