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Leo the Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue

Scholastic 2010. 36 pages
First published: 2010
ISBN: 9780545229272 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 599.75
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Leo the Snow Leopard is the true story of an orphaned snow leopard from Pakistan. He is discovered as a baby by a goatherd in the snowy Karakoram mountain range. The man brings Leo home with him, where he lives until he gets too big. Wildlife organizations work together to organize Leo’s transport to the Bronx Zoo, where he currently lives.

The story describes the arduous journey through mountain roads, landslides and floods, until he finally reaches his new home in New York. Real photos of Leo and his human friends chronicle his life, from his early days to his life at the zoo.

Leo is introduced to Shelby, another snow leopard, who teaches Leo about things like grooming and body language. “While it is helpful for zoo animals to be accustomed to people, the goal is for them to be as true to their nature as possible.”

At a time when snow leopards are on the red list of endangered species due to human-related causes (poaching and dwindling food supplies), Leo’s story offers some hope that humans can work together on an international level to save and preserve these and other endangered animals. Following the story is additional information about snow leopards, The Wildlife Conservation Society, endangered species and the importance of zoos in the preservation of these species.

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    Discuss how it makes a difference to the way you read a story if you know it is based on real life events.

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    Discuss what extinction means. Why is it important to protect animals like the snow leopard from extinction?

  •  What can you do to fight further animal extinction? Make a poster to encourage others to consider taking action.
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    Brainstorm what you know about snow leopards. Draw a mind map with this information and adjust it as you read.

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    As the book is read, follow Leo’s travels by tracing them on a world map.

  •  Create a timeline of Leo’s journey and incredible life.
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    Discuss what extinction means. Why is it important to protect animals like the snow leopard from extinction?

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    What do you know about snow leopards? In a small group, discuss your educated guesses on the cat’s diet, habitats, behaviour and population. Use resources to validate your guesses.

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    As you read, keep track of Leo’s major life milestones. Note them on a timeline.

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    Retell the story to a partner by leafing through the book, page by page, and using only the pictures as cues. At the end, ask your partner to fill in any gaps you may have missed.

  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology