Lion Scream – by Robbie Cheadle

I thought I knew what was happening to earth’s animals. Now I know what I knew, but better.

Through the use of syllabic poetry, photography, video and text, Robbie takes us on a learning tour of South Africa’s creatures and their environment. I even learned a new term: Sixth Mass extinction.

I don’t know much about poetic structures, but I know what poetry I like when I read it. I like all of Robbie’s  poems, even when the message is haunting.

I also know I love animals. Please enjoy Robbie’s videos! They are only a few seconds long.

Robbie teaches about the BIG FIVE: Rhinos, Lions, Elephants, Leopards and African Buffalo.

Did you know Rhinos cry tears when poachers dehorn them?

It’s sad that when teaching about animals we need to teach also about their impending demise. Back away, or put your head in the sand and be part of the problem!

Did you know there are White Lions? They are not albino, but rather white due to “a recessive trait called leucism.”

Robbie has confirmed that the lion at the foot of the tree in the following video of a “Lion in a Tree”, is a white lion. She also says that she has never seen a lion climb a tree before. Imagine having seen enough lions in your life that you could make that statement?

Living in captivity is necessary for survival of many. This baby leopard is so cute, a delight to witness.

Robbie teaches about the UGLY FIVE:  Warthog, Vulture, Wildebeest, Marabou Stork and Hyena.

There are many other mammals included in her book: Cheetahs, Wildebeests, Tigers, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Jackals, Antelope, Monkeys, Giraffes, Lizards, Flamingos and more.  She does not forget insects, sunflowers, bushes, fires and all that contribute.

“The Nutcracker” is a short story at the end of the book that for me tied my experience together. Yes, this book is an experience, not just a read.

I would have gluttonously included all of her videos in this post, but have controlled myself. You can find her African Animal videos on her Youtube Channel.

Robbie’s Youtube Channel

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Click on “Lion Scream” book cover to buy it on Amazon.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle aka Robbie Cheadle; click on her bio below and see all of her books on Amazon.

Elephant on a Ball

Elephants are dignified gentle giants.

Why would anyone want to teach them to stand on a ball?

This brass sculpture has replaced a Henry Moore that was out front of the AGO for almost 40 years.

Acclaimed contemporary artist Brian Jungen, from British Columbia designed it as a poetic tribute to the plight of creatures in captivity.

To read about this sculpture click on the pic below.

Pics taken by Resa – December 21, 2022

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:


Below is the Henry Moore it replaced.