Book Week Event at the Cohuna Library

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Rohan Cleave, an award winning author, zoo keeper and conservationist will be visiting our library on Tuesday 21 August.

We are going to be hosting two separate talks at the Cohuna library to celebrate his visit and expertise.

The first session, specifically for Year 3/4 students from Cohuna and district schools, will be taking place at 12.00pm, and the second will be an evening session at 5.30pm and will be open to the general public – bookings will be essential.

Rohan is a zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo, where he has been involved in the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect recovery breeding program since 2003. He now manages the program at Melbourne Zoo.

In addition to his role working with the stick insect; Rohan has worked with a number of different species including Native Mammals, Ungulates, Elephants, Carnivores and Invertebrates. In 2015 Rohan wrote the non-fiction picture book ‘PHASMID Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect’ based on his work in conservation to save the species. The book is superbly illustrated by Coral Tulloch and reads in story format. There is then a section at the back of the book that talks about the timeline of these creatures and the work that has been done at the island to preserve them.

In 2016, PHASMID Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect’ received the following accolades:
• Honour Book, The CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2016
• Shortlisted for The Wilderness Society's Annual Environment Award for Children's Literature 2016
• Recipient of a 2016 Whitley Award commendation for Children's Conservation Book

The book’s other claim to fame is that it was the first children’s book produced by CSIRO Publishing. Rohan has just published a second book, which was released in April. This next work is titled ‘BOUNCING BACK. AN EASTERN BARRED BANDICOOT STORY’.


  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018 | 07:00 PM


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