SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah comic book artist hopes a new story he's publishing about poaching will help stop the illegal killing of animals in Africa and throughout the world.
Emmanuel Makonga (mah-KON'-gah) is a native of Congo, the African nation formerly known as Zaire. He says he's trying to reach people who are willing to join the campaign against poaching.
His book is called "Africa's Poachers: Tanuro and Environmental Protection." It's about Tanuro, a college student who helps create understanding between police bent on eradicating poaching and tribal elders who recognize the need but aren't receiving the respect their culture suggests they deserve.
"Ecological issues always have been of deep interest to me," Makonga said. "With this book I hope to open the eyes of young people to the problem of poaching and the conflicts that need to be addressed in trying to stop the illegal killing."
The 48-page book is a hardcover written in comic-book format because Makonga wants to also appeal to a younger audience. Makonga is publishing the book himself, but hopes to market it to publishers and anti-poaching groups and get a broader distribution.
"The idea is to reach people who are willing to participate in this campaign against poaching and disseminate its message worldwide," Makonga said. "And public and private schools in this country may be interested in acquiring some copies for their libraries."
Makonga spoke earlier this month at Realms of Inquiry, a small private school in Salt Lake City.
"Our (high school) students were just fascinated with his book, and we ended up buying a set for the school," instructor Rachael McKeen said. "And what they came to understand was that people who share common interests often have conflicts with one another."