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is the book publishing division of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and working toward a world where all life thrives. Through its publishing efforts, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press seeks to motivate and inspire multiple generations to care about wildlife, the natural world and conservation.
Don was the first endangered Baird’s tapir born at the San Diego Zoo in more than 30 years. Don’s mother wouldn’t care for her newborn calf so wildlife care specialists stepped in to ensure the survival of this precious baby tapir. Don was bottle-fed and cared for around the clock. When he was old enough, caregivers taught him how to swim. When it was time for Don to meet the other animals that shared his home, some of them weren’t very friendly, but he just made new friends, including a capybara named Bristle.
This is the true story of Don the spunky tapir, who not only survived a rocky beginning to life but also learned to thrive. Don showed that with a confident, spirited attitude, anything is possible, including bringing hope to the future of endangered Baird’s tapirs. Raising Don is part of the Hope & Inspiration Collection and an IBPA gold medal winner.
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