Ruuxa & Raina: A Cheetah and Dog's True Story of Friendship and Miracles

2018 Gold Winner:

Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards

This is a tale about two best friends and two miracles—one for each of them. Ruuxa & Raina is an empowering, hardcover, children’s book about a pair of devoted friends who grew up together at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: a cheetah named Ruuxa and his Rhodesian ridgeback pal, Raina. Both animals beat the odds stacked against them. Ruuxa, born with front legs that were bowed, and Raina, diagnosed with terminal cancer, prove that miracles can—and do—happen when you have a best buddy by your side.

Ruuxa and Raina’s heartwarming story, written by Georgeanne Irvine, is illustrated with engaging photographs, and includes a section featuring fun facts about cheetahs and Rhodesian ridgebacks. Ruuxa & Raina, published by San Diego Zoo Global Press, is part of its new San Diego Zoo Kids Hope and Inspiration Series.

Consider adding Ruuxa & Raina: Cheetah & Dog Plush to make an inspiring gift bundle.  

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See what our readers have to say...

“A solid purchase where stories about unusual animal matchups are popular.”  Gloria Koster, formerly at West School, New Canaan, CT, for the School Library Journal


“This is a lovely story of how best friends help each other cope with hard times. Anyone reading this book will see how life is richer and more fun with a good friend—even an unlikely one!”  Kris Flynn, retired educator and reading specialist, San Diego County Office of Education and WestEd