Doyli to the Rescue
“A warm, sweet, and wonderful story, of a young girl who rescues wild animals in the Amazon rainforest.
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Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon is a photodocumentary book by journalist and writer Cathleen Burnham, the first in her WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) series of books featuring kids involved in wild animal preservation efforts around the globe.

In this first book, 10-year-old Doyli rescues endangered, orphaned monkeys from the perils of native hunters and the black market. She carries the rescued animals to her island home in the Peruvian Amazon, where she nurtures them with her strong medicine of love and nourishing food.

When the little monkey orphans are old enough and strong enough, she releases them back to their natural habitat: the rainforest.

Cathleen Burnham visited young Doyli and Doyli’s family and school on a trip taken with Burnham’s own kids. Together with her family, Burnham travels the world meeting extraordinary, real children who are active in projects to save Earth’s most endangered animals.


Cathleen Burnham is an experienced travel and wildlife photojournalist. She has done assignments across the globe from Africa to Southeast Asia, from South and Central America to Europe. She is author of the WAKA series of books (World Association of Kids and Animals), profiling real kids around the world who are actively engaged in local wildlife conservation on a grassroots, community-based level.

In the inspiration for this first book, Doyli to the Rescue, Cathleen Burnham visited young Doyli and her family on several trips to the region – trips taken with Burnham’s own kids, who have been active in developing the concept of this and the other stories in the WAKA series.

Ms. Burnham hopes these stories about extraordinary kids doing creative, practical things to save wild animals will inspire others to get involved in protecting animals and natural habitats close to home and around the world.


“A warm, sweet, and wonderful story, illustrated with engaging photographs that capture the heart and soul of a young girl who rescues wild animals in the Amazon rainforest. Everyone—kids, parents, teachers, librarians—will love Doyli.” – Raymond Bial, award-winning author of Amish Home, Ellis Island, and Where Lincoln Walked

“In this beautifully laid-out picture book, we are introduced to 10-year-old Doyli who lives in a small isolated village in Peru. . . . You can’t help but fall in love with the young activist and animal rescuer, Doyli. This book has tremendous educational value, and Doyli is such an amazing inspiration and role model for tweens. . . . a great addition to a school classroom or library.” – Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Doyli’s smiling face will make her feel like a friend from the start. Her life [in the Amazon] is one that could appear alien and distant, but instead reveals relationships, activities, and interests that are both familiar and exciting.” – Unpacking the Power of Picture Books

“Full-color photography of Doyli, her family, and baby monkeys in need fills this wonderful true story, which serves as a shining inspiration to readers of all ages that there is something they can do to protect wildlife and the environment. Highly recommended, especially for public and school library children’s collections.” – Midwest Book Review

“Cathleen Burnham’s children’s book is a delightful book for all ages. It is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging as well as informative…. Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book.” – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Children’s Book Author