iThemba / Save the Rhinos | Book Apps

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iThembaiThemba is an app with a heartwarming and urgent message for our kids to learn. This is an opportunity to get a dialogue going on the need to protect our creatures! This app is presented to us by Rocksolid Systems. This is the perfect Teacher Tool for any classroom!

iThemba  is the Xhosa word for Hope. This app carries a message of hope. Rhino poaching is a serious threat to our rhino populations. Follow along and learn how iThemba and her friends work through this. This app was written to teach children about our rhino. The rhino horn is made of Keratin, exactly the same as our hair and nails – it has no magical or medicinal properties.

Meet iThemba! Her name means Hope!

Learn about Rhino Rescue!

 A Chance To Celebrate!

iThemba – Rocksolid Systems

This app is a great addition to your kid’s toolbox for life!

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Photo-on-08-06-2013-at-17Meet The Developer!

What was the initial inspiration for your app?

Being the mum of a little boy first inspired me to start writing books that were more real.  My son really enjoyed books filled with facts, so I decided to base my stories and illustrations on reality.  Things that children could more easily relate to.  Then the plight of the rhino drove me to convert this story into an app. When I wrote the story of iThemba the rhino we had already brought out our first app, The Big Spill, about the Treasure Oil Spill and the incredible penguin rescue that followed.    With the rhino being critically endangered it made sense to get the app out as fast as possible, after the book was published.  This way we could take our story global and help save the rhino a mind at a time.  It has such an important message that there wasn’t really a question about doing it.

What is your favorite aspect of your app?

My favourite aspect of the app is that children can experience the African bush in the comfort of their own homes… it has sights, colours and sounds of the bush, with bird song from the Kruger National Park.   It is interactive, fun and educational.  The story is also told in rhyme.   I love that it is bursting with information for children and they are at the perfect age to just soak it up.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
There is one thing I would like to share with everyone … Rhino horn is not a medicine – it is keratin, exactly the same as your nails and your hair – anyone who wants it can go to a local hairdresser and sweep up as much as they need without harming a hair on these magnificent creatures’ heads.  We need to preserve our wildlife.  It’s now or never!
Enjoy your journey to Africa with iThemba, she is a delightful young rhino with a purpose….
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