Bexleyheath big cat keeper releases book
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 September 2018
Bexleyheath based big cat keeper and author, Martin Hill, has released another picture book about the relationship between three young big cats.
The book, ‘Indy Meets The Lions’, which follows the story of two lions and a tiger called Indy, stresses the value of friendships even between those who seem so different from each other. The book was inspired by Martin’s close relationship with a particular Tiger at the sanctuary called Indy.
Martin created the book about Indy’s real-life adventures to raise awareness about the importance of conservation. He continues to work at the big cat sanctuary in Smarden, Kent, where they house 50 cats who were all born in captivity and are either part of an international breeding programme, or considered to be retired.
When asked what Martin wants to achieve from the book release, he said: “When Indy was young, we would take her to visit the sick children at Great Ormond Street hospital as part of therapy sessions held by therapy association, CHATA.
“When I returned Indy to the Park, I would always sit with her inside the enclosure whilst she fell asleep and make notes about her off site visits.”
After Indy died in 2012, Martin started to write about his time spent with Indy, which he eventually turned into a series of books. He said “in the coming months, I decided I would gather all my notes I had written whilst she was asleep, and turn them into a small series of books. I wanted to share Indy’s amazing adventures with young children around the world and at the same time provide a platform for those children to learn more about these amazing animals.”
The book is beautifully illustrated by Marisa Morgan and features Giles Clark, as seen on BBC’s ‘Big Cats about the House.’ Both Martin and the Sanctuary are hoping for the book to be a big hit with young readers who share a love for the animals.