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Who can imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog? Is it even possible?
With Suryia and Roscoe it is!
Dogs and orangutans rarely meet, and when they do, they are naturally shy around each other. But when Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start.
Set on a preserve for rare animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) in South Carolina, here is a true story of a remarkable friendship between two unforgettable animals.
See Some Outtakes from Suriya and Roscoe (Click on Images to Enlarge)
“After meeting orangutan Suryia at a South Carolina wildlife preserve, stray dog Roscoe never left. The two enjoy swimming, wrestling and playing a deux.” –People magazine
“The endearing photographs might well make you want to go out and save an orangutan — or a stray pup.” –Los Angeles Times
“Irresistible and charming, this story of the friendship between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina will delight family members of all ages. Gorgeous photos accompany the tale of their meeting and instant bond.” –Kiwimagonline.com
“The images of Suryia hugging Roscoe, swimming with him in a pool or generously offering him a banana will make you smile.” –Columbus Dispatch
“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” –School Library Journal
“Fans of cute animal books will be delighted.” –Booklist
“Young animal lovers . . . will be eager to read about this unlikely pairing between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve . . . . The clean, photo album–like design, high-interest topic, accessible text and captivating images will likely garner Suryia and Roscoe legions of new friends.” –Kirkus Reviews
I found this book in a local public library and my 2 year old daughter LOVES it. Suryia and Roscoe are adorable and the pictures are excellent. I think it is important to note that other reviewers feel like this book encourages animal exploitation or mistreatment while failing to bring sufficient attention to the plight of the orangutang. To this, I say the following: 1)If I had not seen this book and been drawn to the lovely photos (posed or otherwise), I would never have thought twice about endangered animals. As a big dog person, I really haven't heard much about the plight of other kinds of species (except maybe dolphins or whales) but this book really caught my attention in a positive way. Ordinarily, rescue groups can be overly depressing (depicting horrible abuse) and may discourage attention. Roscoe and Suryia's story is inspiring without being too forceful and this book is a wonderful, light introduction to the idea of endangered animals without any garishness. 2) Just because Suryia and Roscoe might be trained, does not mean they are mistreated or 'unnatural.' My dog is trained to do tricks but I do NOT abuse him or force him to behave against nature. 3) Instead of discouraging the purchase of this book, let us be proactive and support an organization that is designed to protect engangered animals and raise awareness about the destruction of their natural habitats! For those among us who bellyache that this book exploits animals, I ask this - what organization have you formed that benefits these species? If you have taken such steps, then allow me to make a well-deserved donation. Otherwise, let us all join together and support those who actually try to change things. If you are looking for a sweet story, good pictures and a friendly tone that is appropriate for young children - this is the book for you.
The tale of Suryia, an orangutan, and Roscoe, a hound dog, is so heartwarming and very educational. These two unlikely pals met in an almost unbelievable manner, and they have been great friends ever since. Their story helps kids understand that sometimes friends find you, and even when your new friend is the last creature you'd expect to befriend you - well, there they are, holding out the hand of friendship (in this case, with a monkey biscuit enclosed!)
In addition to the great story and wonderful pictures of these animals and the life they live (they have another pal who is an African elephant!!!) there is a great message about conservation, helping kids understand the decisions every person makes can - and DO - effect the habitat of many other creatures. Learn all about palm oil and it's role in deforestation, and about the lives of one unusual orangutan and his best friend, a once homeless hound dog. You won't be sorry you bought this book!
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A sweet story of two unlikely friends. Especially interesting to me since I own a GSP. Would be a good story for youngsters to read so that they can understand friendship can exist between two seemngly different kinds, whether it be animal or human.
I first saw these two adorable animals on my email at work. I went on line to see if I could find out where they are living. I ordered this book and just love it. It is so cute. It's a great keepsake for anybody, especially animal lovers like me! I found out where they live and plan to keep up with them as long as they are around. This is a love story for the ages, Just Wonderful!!!!
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Great story of an unusual friendship, good jumping off point about the value of friendships and diversity in your friends. My 3 year old Grandbaby loved it (so did I). Great photographs of the two (and an elephant made three) that accompany the story.
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Dr. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species and the R.S.F., The Rare Species Fund. He grew up on a vast cattle ranch in Arizona, where his great love for wild and exotic animals began and from a very young age he began raising and caring for every amazing animal he could get his hands on. As a young man he had many great opportunities to travel and explore the world and this eventually brought him to China where he studied for and received his Doctoral degree in medicine. He then interned as a traveling Doctor throughout many villages in mainland China and other parts of Asia. He returned to the United States in the early 80's and located in Buckingham, Virginia, where he co-created and ran Integral Health Services; an alternative drugless therapy clinic utilizing meditation, diet and exercise programs.
In 1982, the clinic was visited by a zoo director who introduced Doc to a Siberian tiger cub. He was so amazed by the presence of the tiger that he asked if he might use it at the end of one of his lectures, to demonstrate how even the most powerful animals were greatly affected by their environment. The presentation was a great success and after it was over an impressed audience member introduced himself as the local head of Exxon Oil. He asked Doc if he would present the tiger and his message of the dangers of environmental damage at an upcoming Exxon Convention. Needless to say, they were blown away and an amazing partnership was born between Doc Antle and the big cats of the world. T.I.G.E.R.S. was soon created as a wildlife education organization, dedicated to promoting global conservation with informative, educational, and entertaining interactive programs. It's animal ambassadors are important living examples of current worldwide environmental issues, helping to educate the world about the importance of conservation and global biodiversity. Today, Doc is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, having worked with thousands of animals, and traveled the globe promoting the education and conservation of some of our planet's most rare and endangered species.