Tony Park novels to be translated for wildlife conservation

Famend writer, Tony Park, has joined forces with Swiss conservation volunteer, Maya von Dach, to make use of the facility of the written phrase for good by elevating funds for endangered species by way of Wildlife ACT.

Author Tony Park
Tony Park and Maya von Dach – photograph by Manfred Suter

The pair initially made contact after von Dach realising the necessity for Park’s action-packed novels set within the nice sport reserves of Africa to be translated into German for wider viewers enjoyment. The dialog quickly turned to their shared love for Africa, wildlife, and conservation work being pushed on the continent. 

“Maya emailed me saying she had learn and cherished my books and provided to translate them into German, as a result of to this point solely one of many novels had been launched in German,” Park mentioned. “After we broached the subject of a translation payment, Maya urged {that a} proportion of the proceeds be donated to the work being achieved by Wildlife ACT as an alternative. I believed this was a good way to offer again to a trigger so near each of our hearts and couldn’t wait to get began.”

The significance of defending endangered species

Wildlife ACT is non-profit conservation organisation based mostly in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, that focuses on on-the-ground endangered species conservation efforts, supported by the World Wildlife Fund. Of specific focus for the organisation is the critically endangered African Wild Canine and Black Rhino, in addition to the six Vulture species present in South Africa – of which, a number of are critically endangered. By way of the assistance of their voluntourism mannequin, Wildlife ACT has been capable of present sustained, free skilled monitoring companies to greater than ten protected in Zululand areas for 15 years.

“Wildlife ACT’s  purpose is to develop and implement revolutionary, ground-based and sustainable conservation fashions that save our wildlife, shield our wilderness, and profit our native communities,” mentioned Wildlife ACT co-founder, Chris Kelly. “We’re proud to have applied skilled and strategic monitoring and analysis which has enabled and knowledgeable efficient conservation administration of wildlife, significantly within the Zululand area, for over a decade now. None of this could have been attainable with out our companions and supporters. We’re extremely excited to be partnering with Tony Park and Maya on this thrilling initiative.”

von Dach and her husband Manfred have volunteered with Wildlife ACT a number of occasions on varied protected areas, making her well-versed within the conservation work being achieved and the help wanted for this vital trigger.

“Our time volunteering with Wildlife ACT was life altering,” mentioned von Dach. “The work we did concerned each day monitoring and monitoring for African Wild Canines, photographing them for identification kits; and in addition observing populations and behaviours of different key species, comparable to Black and White Rhinos, varied predator species and vultures.”

A united ardour for wildlife conservation

Though neither Tony Park nor Maya von Dach are African-born, each share an immense ardour for the continent’s wildlife, folks and guarded areas. 

Author Tony Park

Park’s novels – a lot of them bestsellers – usually give attention to conservation and the combat in opposition to poaching and the unlawful commerce. Being points that von Dach was uncovered to first-hand whereas volunteering with Wildlife ACT, the subject material hit house. 

“Each time I used to be eager for Africa – which was completely – I learn Tony Park’s thrilling and instructive books or listened to the audiobooks,” Maya mentioned. “That took me again to the place I misplaced my coronary heart – in Africa.  I had already translated two Africa-related books into German, and located that it was one thing I actually loved. It felt like a pure development to affix Tony in doing the identical for his books. I now get to work on these translations for a beautiful trigger, whereas touring the continent I really like a lot.”

Impressed by the character and wildlife of Africa in each writing and life, Tony Park is embedded on this planet of conservation. He’s the patron of an Australian-based Non-profit Organisation known as the Painted Canine Conservation Inc, and helps varied wildlife and different charities by auctioning the rights for folks to have their names used as characters in his novels. 

The place to subsequent for Tony Park?

The primary of Park’s newest batch of novels to be translated, ‘Ghosts of the Previous‘, set in Namibia, has simply been launched in German as ‘Geister der Vergangenheit‘. It’s obtainable in print and e-book from on-line booksellers internationally. An audiobook model will likely be launched in 2024. von Dach has already pledged her share of the advance provided by the audiobook publishers to Wildlife ACT.

“By publishing independently in German talking areas, with Maya performing because the translator, we’re capable of maximise the funds Maya can increase for Wildlife ACT,” Park mentioned.

Two extra of Park’s novels, ‘Okavango‘ (launched as ‘The Delta‘ in English), set in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and ‘Silent Hunter‘ (English: ‘Silent Predator‘), based mostly in South Africa’s Kruger Nationwide Park, will likely be launched later this 12 months.

“I’m very excited to start this journey with Maya and Wildlife ACT, significantly with my newest novel ‘Vendetta’attributable to be launched quickly. The thought of extra folks having the ability to learn the books and supporting a trigger near my coronary heart on the identical time is fantastic.”

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