There is nothing like a little snow to put you in the holiday spirit. But this snow day wasn’t your typical blizzard. Our snow day consisted of Snow Leopards, and Lemurs, and palm trees! Oh, my!
This morning we got up bright and early to attend the Snow Leopard Festival at our local zoo. The event was put on to raise money for and bring awareness to the critically endangered Snow Leopards. Forty tons of snow was trucked in and placed in various animal cages throughout the zoo. There was also patches of snow that were formed for kids and families to play in and explore. They even had two sledding hills that were constructed by zoo staff.
Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Snow Leopard Trust. This organization has worked for over 20 years to help protect Snow Leopards and their habitat. Due to lack of food and poaching efforts, there is said to be only 3,500 to 6,500 Snow Leopards existing in the wild.
Our zoo has two Snow Leopards in captivity. It was amazing to see them up close. They are some of the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen.
This year, in honor of the holiday season, each dollar donated to the Snow Leopard Trust, up to $60,000, will be matched. So, if you are having trouble deciding on gift ideas for your friends and loved ones, why don’t you consider a contribution to the Snow Leopard Trust. Your support will help protect this endangered species and improve the lives of impoverished families who share their habitat.
Donating is fast and easy. Simply click this link and make a donation online. Or you can mail your donation to Snow Leopard Trust, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Suite 325, Seattle, WA, 98103, USA.
Another way to benefit the Snow Leopard Trust is to purchase one of their items from their gift shop. With everything from Handbags and Accessories, to Toys and Ornaments, you are sure to find the perfect gift for the one you love. Plus, your gift has an incredible story behind it, which makes it special and unique. And the best part…shipping is free for domestic orders over $50.
Finally, for everyone who has always wanted a Snow Leopard to call their own (I mean, who hasn’t?), the Snow Leopard Trust offers Snow Leopard Adoptions. Ok, so maybe you can’t take one home with you (not sure your neighbors would be pleased anyways…), but you can follow one of the wild Snow Leopards in their natural habitat. Your adoption package includes a personalized certificate, snow leopard toy, pictures, fact sheets and more. And with up to 20% for the holiday season, it’s a bargain!
I have always been an animal lover. To know that these amazing creatures are at risk of extinction makes me sad. Today, after seeing the Snow Leopards in person and hearing their story, I was moved to action. I hope you will consider doing your part to make a difference as well.