Scarlett’s Superstars: Kate Gilman Williams

By Anne Cissel

Kids like you can make a difference for wildlife and the environment. Meet some inspiring young heroes who have turned their love of animals into action! 



Kate Gilman Williams, Author of Let’s Go on Safari

When Kate Gilman Williams was 7 years old, her family took her on a safari in Africa. She was amazed by the rhinos, elephants, and other animals she saw. She learned that many of them struggle to survive when people take over their habitat. Illegal hunting is another threat to these majestic animals. Kate knew she had to do something.

When she returned to her home in Austin, Texas, Kate began emailing with her safari guide, Michelle Campbell. They decided to write a book for kids together. The book, Let’s Go on Safari, was published in 2019. Kate hopes it will inspire other kids to work to save wild animals. All the profits from the book sales go to wildlife groups. So far, Kate has donated more than $12,000!

In January 2020, Kate learned about the horrible wildfires in Australia. She started a campaign called Quarters for Koalas and raised more than $6,000 to help care for animals injured in the fires. She was honored with a Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, as well as many other awards. Find out more about Kate’s work at

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