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ANGELA & LULINGU WINS SILVER AT THE 2024 IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS 


This Inspiring Children’s Book is Written by Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s Brenda Scott Royce and Explores the Relationship Between Two Gorillas Thousands of Miles Apart.

Los Angeles, CA (May, 9 2024)—The independent publishing industry’s renowned IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award has announced its winners for the 36th annual awards, and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is thrilled to announce that Angela & Lulingu: Two Gorillas, A World Apart received a Silver award in the Best Nonfiction Children’s Book category. Angela & Lulingu is a captivating nonfiction children’s book published by Blue Sneaker Press that features the L.A. Zoo’s superstar gorilla Angela, the youngest in her troop, along with Lulingu, who was orphaned in the wild and the youngest gorilla to reside at Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Readers learn how two young gorillas—one in Los Angeles, the other in Africa—have inspired millions of people to care about gorillas and their future.   

Brenda Scott Royce, the author of more than 30 books for children, has been a driving force behind this impactful story. Her extensive experience and dedication to wildlife conservation are evident in her work as the editor of Zoo View, GLAZA’s award-winning magazine, since 2004. Brenda’s commitment to raising awareness about wildlife and conservation has been ongoing throughout her career, and her master’s degree in conservation biology from Miami University has provided her with the expertise to authentically bring the world of primates to young readers.    

“Brenda’s achievement serves as a testament to the power of storytelling in driving awareness and action for conservation causes,” states GLAZA Interim President Dawn Petersen-Amend. “Her dedication to inspiring young readers and making a difference in the world is truly commendable,” she goes on to say.   

Angela & Lulingu is not just a book; it is a catalyst for positive change. A portion of the proceeds from its sales will directly support GRACE, demonstrating the Zoo and GLAZA’s commitment to making a tangible impact on gorilla conservation efforts. The book retails for $14.99 and is available for purchase.

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