Press Release

Former Rockville resident pens a book about elephants

Rockville, MD — March 6, 2014 – After reeling from an article she had read about elephants in captivity, Debbie McFee decided it was time to act by writing the book she’d always meant to write, and help elephants at the same time.

“Through the Eyes of Ernest: A Memoir to Honor Elephants” tells the story from Ernest the elephant’s point of view about life in captivity. Readers enter Ernest’s world, meet his friends and family, and learn what it feels like to live apart from one’s own family in confinement.

McFee is an animal lover and a native of the Washington area, having lived in Rockville for a number of years. Recently laid off and when not looking for work, she dedicates her free time raising awareness about the elephant’s plight and 100% of the proceeds from the sales of her book go to elephant sanctuaries all over the world.

She hopes Ernest’s story will inspire people to help elephants live in their natural habitats.

“There is something very special about elephants,” she says. “They are all about family…They are capable of love. They forgive. They live their lives and have no enemies in the wild. Their number one enemy is man. I want to do something to help them before it is too late. It will be man’s biggest tragedy to lose such a magnificent and majestic being. If you want to protect an endangered species, you must protect their habitat.”

Get your own copy of Debbie McFee’s “Through the Eyes of Ernest” at, available in print and Kindle versions.

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