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Couple donates $165 million to preserve 24,000 acres at Point Conception

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Fri, 12/22/2017 (All day)

A conservation group on Thursday purchased a sprawling stretch of Santa Barbara County coastline — a prized acquisition made possible by a $165-million gift from a couple who had long sought to protect the pristine ranchland from development.

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy acquired the Cojo-Jalama Ranches, which comprise roughly 24,000 acres and eight miles of coastline south of Vandenberg Air Force Base, from a New England investment firm, said Michael Bell, director of the conservancy’s California ocean program.

Valued for its sacred sites by the Chumash and operated for more than 100 years as a cattle ranch, the twin parcels straddling Point Conception are a time capsule of oak woodlands, coastal prairies and beaches whose breaks are revered by surfers.

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'Am I going to get out of here alive?' In one of Africa's most dangerous corners, a fight to the death for the elephants

Published: 
Fri, 12/22/2017 (All day)

Kambale Mate huddled beneath a tangle of grass, looking up at bright stars in a moonless sky, a tumble of chaotic events cascading through his mind.

Where were the other wildlife rangers, Jean de Dieu Matongo and Joel Meriko Ari? Were they alive?

He had been a ranger for only five months at Garamba National Park, the last remaining preserve for disappearing populations of elephants and giraffes in this part of Africa. Yet here he was with two comrades, hiding like small, petrified mammals in the grass. If any of them moved, a large band of poachers nearby could find and kill them.

Read entire article at: LATimes.com

Connect to Protect Event Photos

Published: 
Mon, 12/04/2017 (All day)

Thank you to the community for submitting so many amazing photos of how you connect to nature in Santa Monica!

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Trump's best decision so far: Doubling down on banning elephant trophies

Published: 
Mon, 11/20/2017 (All day)

It’s astonishing how quickly a horrendous decision by the Department of the Interior to allow the import of elephant trophies into the U.S. got, rightly, stopped in its tracks.

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Jane Goodall reflects on a lifelong mission to save the planet, and she's far from finished

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Fri, 10/20/2017 (All day)

“So,” Brett Morgen began, “you’ve been telling your story for so many years. Do you get tired of answering the same questions?”