Drawings & Letters of Fourth Grade Students from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Eileen Caputo teaches 4th graders in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Her class works with the organization Reach the World, which connects classrooms to travelers around the world who are doing special work.This past fall, her class was matched with snow leopard researcher and SLC Associate Charlotte Hacker who is currently studying snow leopards in China. Through meetings held via the internet and articles she wrote to the class, they developed an interest in and desire to help snow leopards.

Caputo and her class reached out to the Conservancy and Outreach Educator Shavaun Kidd. They’d launched a campaign to raise money to symbolically adopt a snow leopard in the wild. As part of their efforts, they wrote persuasive letters to their principal and created drawings that demonstrated what they’d learned about snow leopards from the Conservancy’s website and their conversations with Hacker. 

To Whom It May Concern,

Don’t you want to save cute Snow Leopards? You should help to save them either by adopting one or learning and telling other people about Snow Leopards and how to help them.

 Snow Leopards live in cold high mountains areas (Central Asia/China). Snow Leopards are big cats with a muscular body. Snow Leopards have long thick off-white fur dotted with dark spots. Usually a mom Snow Leopards has 2-3 cubs and they are born in a rocky den. Full grown Snow Leopards are as big as a third grader lying down. I also learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that Cubs don’t open their eyes until they are 7 days old.

 I did some research on the GIV and WWF websites and discovered why it is important to save endangered species. If we have a good ecosystem we will have clean water, clean air, and good soil, but if the ecosystem is not working, we will have not good water, not good air, and not good soil.

Our class has been talking with a scientist named Charlotte. She has lots of ideas on how to save Snow Leopards. She told us that Snow Leopards are at the top of the food chain. If they are gone, the animals they eat will eat all the grass so there will not be enough grass for the other animals they eat. Things we do to help the Snow Leopards will help other animals too. People recognize the Snow Leopard by their spots. Leopards inspire conversation about other species. Snow Leopards are important to the culture of Tibet, and Snow Leopards are important to the people.

 I hope I have convinced you to donate to the Snow Leopard Conservancy or to raise awareness about these special animals. Giving money to the organization will help the organization get better and scientists like Charlotte can learn how to fix our ecosystem. 

 Gabriela

Dear Animal Lovers,

Do you like cute stuff? If you do, you should help to save the Snow Leopards! They need your help!

Snow Leopards are incredible animals. They do not live in groups. Snow Leopards can jump as far as a school bus! Wow! Snow Leopardsmoms can have 2 to 3 to 4 leopard cubs. Snow Leopards are really RARE to find, and when I say RARE, I mean RARE!  I also learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that they do not roar and their paws are like snow shoes! They really are awesome, but… they are endangered.

I did some research on the G.I.V. and W.W.F. websites and discovered why it is important to save endangered animals.  When one animal species dies it messes up another one. This messes up the whole environment.

Our class has been talking to Charlotte our class’s scientist. She told us why we should save Snow Leopards. People see Snow Leopards stand out because of their spots, and people want to help Snow Leopards so they won’t die. Snow Leopards are also important in the culture in Tibetan Buddhism. Finally, Snow Leopards keep the ecosystem in balance. When the ecosystem is in balance, we all have a healthier environment.

Will you donate your help to save the Snow Leopards. Visit the Snow Leopard Conservancy to find out how!

William

Dear Future Activist,

Did you know that Snow Leopards are endangered? Would you like to help a cute baby Snow Leopard?

Snow Leopards are wonderful animals. They are very rare to see in the wild. They are 2 feet tall at the shoulder. Their bodies are 3 -4 feet long. They are good climbers, fast running animals, and far jumpers. Snow Leopards do not live in groups. Also, I learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that cubs don’t open their eyes until they are 7 days old. Did you know Snow Leopards wrap their tails around themselves like a scarf. They are great animals.

I did some research on the GIV and WWF websites and  discovered why it is important to save endangered species. If one species becomes extinct, then the ecosystem is not balanced. For example, if Snow Leopards (who are at the top of the food chain) become extinct, there are going to be too many blue sheep, and there will not be that much grass for other animals. If the ecosystem is not balanced, we will not get clean air, fresh water, and good soil. It also harms animals.

Our class been talking with a scientist who studies Snow Leopards. Her name is Charlotte. She talked about why it is important to save Snow Leopards. People want to help the environment. Are you the one who wants to help them? If you help the Snow Leopards you will help other animals. Will you help Snow Leopards?  

I hope I have convinced you to save a cute baby Snow Leopard. People harm the ecosystem. Organizations support scientists like Charlotte to learn how to fix the ecosystem. Will you donate to the Snow Leopard Conservancy like I did to help fix this problem.

Kailey

Dear Concerned Person,

Hi! Would you like to save a Snow Leopard?

Snow Leopards are cool animals. Snow Leopards are good climbers, fast runners, and far jumpers. They do not live in groups. They usually have 2-3 cubs, and they are born in a rocky caves. I also learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that they do not roar, and they use their long tails like a scarf. Snow leopards are very special, and they are endangered!

I did some research on the GIV and WWF websites and discovered why it is important to save endangered species. If an animal gets endangered or extinct it messes up other animals that live in that environment. We should help and save animals that are endangered. When everything in an environment is working as it should, it will help us get fresh air and water and soil. An ecosystem is all the nonliving and living things that exist in an environment. Ecosystems should be doing what they should be doing.

Our class is talking with a nice scientist named Charlotte. She told us that Snow Leopards are at the top of the food chain. If  they are gone, there will be too many of the animals they eat. Then there won’t be enough grass for any animals to eat so they will die. The stuff that humans do to help the snow leopards will help the other animals too.

Do you want to help one now? As you can see, it is important to save the Snow Leopards. If an ecosystem is messed up, then we are messing up stuff like the climate. It’s good to give money to these organizations because scientists like Charlotte figure out and fight to help the world and the Snow Leopards.

Please try to adopt a Snow Leopard.

Brady

To Whom It May Concern,

Did you know our class is learning about snow leopards? Guess what? THEY ARE ENDANGERED! Would you like to help along with us to save the Snow Leopards?

Snow Leopards are powerful and beautiful wild cats. These wild cats live in cold mountains in China, Mongolia, Russia, and Asia. They live almost across the land. The snow leopards are endangered because poachers and climate change. These are rare animals. People that have never seen a snow leopard before still know how beautiful and what amazing animals they are. These animals are on top of the food chain. They have black spots and long tail and white fur. The babies learn how to survive. When they grow up, the mothers will leave their babies to be on their own. I learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that they do not roar.

I did some research on the GIV and WWF websites and discovered why it is important to save endangered species. If the ecosystem gets damaged, it affects the animals in its environment. Some animals may die off. The helping of endangered species helps humans too. An ecosystem must be balanced. It gives us good  air, water, and soil. When we help, we help everything including humans. Snow leopards are the top predator. If they are gone, other animals eat too much grass or flowers. Then other animals will die because their environment changes.

Our class has been talking with a scientist named Charlotte; she told us more reasons it is important to save snow leopards. Snow leopards are important. If we help the snow leopards other animals will be helped too.  

Will you donate and help save a Snow Leopard?

Alfonso

Hi Concerned Person,

Do you like Snow Leopards? Then you can help save them because they are endangered. Can you help save the snow leopards because they need our help and your help?

Snow leopards are powerful animals. Snow leopards have a big muscular body. They are good at climbing. They are meat eaters. They follow and hunt for their prey. They eat wild sheep and goats. They don’t live in groups. When a cub is about 2 years old, they can go on their own. I also learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that cubs don’t open their eyes until they are 7 days old. Also, their paws act like snow shoes.

I did some research on the GIV and WWF website and discovered why it is important to save endangered species. Without snow leopards, the blue sheep will eat all the grass and the plants. Without the grass and plants, we won’t have fresh air and medicine. When animals are messed up, the ecosystem will be damaged because animals are very  important to us and their ecosystems. Helping species are important because without them we can’t live. They give us good water, fresh air, and good soil, but if the ecosystem is in trouble, there won’t be good water, fresh air, and good soil.

Our class has been talking with a scientist named Charlotte. She told us more reasons it is important to save Snow Leopards. Snow Leopards are on the top of the food chain. If they are gone, there will be too many of the animals they eat. Then there won’t be grass for other animals to eat. Protecting the Snow leopards will keep other animals safe too. Snow leopards have spots so people know them and want to help them because they are in trouble. Snow leopards are important to the people.

Now you know that snow leopards are important to save. When an ecosystem is damaged it’s very bad. Humans cause pollution, and we don’t have fresh air. By giving money to these animals it will save them. Animals are very important to keeping the ecosystems working the right way. When ecosystems are working the right way, then we have a cleaner, less polluted environment. We can’t  help from here, but Charlotte and her friends will. By adopting a snow leopard we will be helping the environment.  Please help them!

Joan

To Whom it May Concern,

Do you want to help a very cute animal? Well the cute animal is called Snow Leopards, which look pretty cute, but the baby ones are VERY cute and I bet you would LOVE it. So if you have some extra money that would be helpful because the snow leopards need your help.  I will tell you why you should donate money for the Snow Leopards.

Snow Leopards are amazing, and they live in the mountains of Central Asia and China. They are endangered, and there are only 4,000 left in the wild. Snow Leopards have long thick off-white fur dotted with dark spots. They also have really long tails. They are 2 feet tall at the shoulder; their bodies are 3-4 feet long. They are really good climbers and runners. They also jump really far. These are big cats that have a muscular body.  I also learned from the Snow Leopard Conservancy that they do not roar, and cubs don’t open their eyes until they are 7 days old.

I did some research on the GIV and WWF websites and discovered why it is import to save endangered species. Snow Leopards are important because if they were extinct then other animals they eat will eat all the grass, and the rest of the animals who eat grass won’t have enough to eat. Also the Tibetans use the grass for medicine so that’s why we should save Snow Leopards. This sentence I wrote came from WWF website. “If one species is gone then the whole ecosystem balance is off.” Humans are causing animals to go extinct, and if that continues, we might not have good air, clean water, and good soil. “Extinction of species could affect humans too, but if we work together soon, we will have good ecosystems again.” This sentence I wrote came from GVI USA website.

Our class has been talking with a scientist named Charlotte. She told us the reasons why  it is important to save Snow Leopards, and I am about to tell you what Charlotte told us. The first reason is Snow Leopards are at the top of the food chain. If they are gone, there will be too many of the animals they eat. There won’t be enough grass for animals to eat. The second reason is things we do to help Snow Leopards could help other animals too. The third reason is Snow Leopards get people talking about helping endangered species. The fourth reason is the Snow Leopards are part of the Tibetan’s culture, and if they were gone, the Tibetans would be sad. Also, all the locals who make money photographing them would be out of a job, and they will be poor.

I hope you’re interested in saving Snow Leopards. I will tell you another reason why Snow Leopards are dying and it is important to save them. It is because humans cause climate change and then the ecosystem is messed up. Scientists like Charlotte find a way to help the ecosystem.

I really hope this letter made you interested into Snow Leopards. I hope you would like to donate to adopt a Snow Leopard like I did.

Max

Symbolically Adopt a Snow Leopard