For her sixth birthday, Aurelia had one big wish: saving snow leopards! With the help of her parents, she asked everyone who’d come to her birthday party to make a donation instead of bringing gifts – raising over $150 for conservation!
Aurelia’s fascination for big cats started at the age of 3, when she fell in love with Gia, the ‘girl leopard’ in the movie Madagascar 3 (take your kids to animal movies, parents!) Ever since, she’s been a huge fan of the spotted furry felines – snow leopards and common leopards, jaguars, cheetahs… “and peacocks, snowy owls and mice”, she adds.
She learned more about the plight of the snow leopard from books and magazines like ‘Ranger Rick’, and from her parents, who have enthusiastically encouraged Aurelia’s love for wildlife.
For Aurelia’s sixth birthday, her mother introduced her to the concept of raising money instead of gifts, and the young leopard lover immediately took to the idea! “I thought it was cool to donate money to the snow leopards!” Aurelia says. “Now, the Snow Leopard Trust can buy fences to keep the snow leopards out of the cages where the farm animals are, and to keep the people from shooting the snow leopards.”
When she’s grown up, Aurelia wants to become a scientist that studies animals and helps protect them. With her generosity, she is already having an impact today. “There are only very few snow leopards left. I hope many people will donate to save them!”
Aurelia’s parents are understandably proud of her, “and I’m proud of myself, too”, she says. She has every right to be!
Thank you, Aurelia – we’ll do our best to keep the snow leopards safe into the future!