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Charles Bongers is a professional illustrator, designer and an Indigo ‘Heather’s Pick’ children’s book author. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he attended the Cape Town College of Art before starting a career as an art director. After immigrating to Canada, Charles became co-creative director of Ogilvy, Toronto.

Charles has had a lifelong passion for nature and the outdoors as a world-class sailor, mountain climber, animal lover and tree advocate. He is the author and illustrator of Do Trees Have Mothers? (Douglas & McIntyre/Vancouver), a non-fiction book for children 3 to 8 years old, inspired by the science of trees. Narrated by “Nuts” the playful squirrel, Do Trees Have Mothers? aims to connect young children to nature so that they may see the forest as a community and, one day, become its future custodians.


Charles also serves as an illustrator and creative director to Wild Entrust/Coaching Conservation, a wildlife conservation trust in Southern Africa dedicated to supporting the long-term viability of threatened wildlife populations and helping children to care about themselves, each other and the natural environment around them.


Currently, Charles shares his time between Toronto and Montreal.

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