Eliyah Sablan - Soaring Heights Charter School
Hudson County Winner
Hi! I'm an Allegheny Woodrat! The paulownia tree that grows along the Palisades is where the last ones of my kind are in New Jersey. I am endangered because of a pesty parasite called the raccoon roundworm. Will you be willing to help me?
I'm actually harmless to humans, and I sleep during the day. I'm pretty cute, if I do say so myself. With my cinnamon colored fur, large black eyes, and my furry tail, how can you resist? I also prefer rocky areas with narrow openings where I'll be safe. Plant materials such as leaves, stems, fruits, and nuts are mostly what I eat.
But, you might never see me again if you keep destroying my habitat. Whenever I move to a new home, there are always those pesty parasites that I told you about. Sometimes, my friends and I might mistake their eggs for food. Then what will happen? Those eggs will hatch, and move to the organs of my body. I could die! And, that's not all! Another thing that happens when I move is I cross highways, open fields, valleys, or suburbs where I meet other predators. Not only that, there's no food or shelter. Please help me! How can you resist these cute eyes?
You can all help me by stop destroying my habitat. You can also clean up the raccoon latrines. Did you know they are also dangerous to human health? The same thing can happen to you too. But, I have a better chance. During the fall season, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation in NJ collected different kinds of nuts from New Jersey's trees, and gave them to me. Thank you, by the way!
Other ways to save me is by conserving trees. Don't cut them down! I get my food from there! I know you need it for paper and such, but haven't you heard of recycling? And, construction workers, can you limit your building of highways so that I don't get run over by cars anymore? I'm only asking a couple of favors! Please, oh please save me!
Soaring Heights Charter School
Jersey City, New Jersey
Teachers: Mrs. Berman & Ms. Rattner