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Briton in the Philippines by Robert Hartland

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 9:35 PM

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The Philippines is one of the world's biodiversity hot spots. On its 7,107 islands, there are thousands of species found nowhere else in the world.

"Touring the Philippines was a truly inspirational experience, especially discovering the wildlife of the country," said British conservationist Rachel Shaw who made her first visit in 2009 as a part of a Rotary International Study Exchange team.

As a child, Rachel, an ardent wildlife writer and blogger, enjoyed making up stories about animals. "Having a glimpse of this diversity of life here really sparked my imagination. They became characters in the mind and made me start writing stories again.”

The result was three fascinating, fully illustrated children's books - Pipisin the Pangolin, Mayumi the Forest Pig and Danao the Parrot ¬ all published and launched in the Philippines by The Bookmark Inc.

"Filipino children should have the opportunity to read stories about the amazing animals that live on their islands," added Rachel.

Rachel is currently working on an exciting new picture book project in collaboration with Reynante Ramilo from C-3 (Community Centred Conservation). Titled Diwa the Dugong, all royalties will go to C3.

Rachel works for the UK's Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust charity and is an honorary member of Rotary Club of West Bay, Laguna, through which copies of her books have been donated to local schools as well as to NGOs on Palawan and Negros.

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