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Sea Lions Beginning to Come Back to the Bay's Pier 39




Good News!  Looks like the Sea Lions are slowly reappearing on San Francisco’s Pier 39!


This is what Pier 39 normally looks like. Photo found on Rugerdier's photostream flickr account


Over the last couple of decades, this has been home for more than 1,700 sea lions, however a couple months ago…all but a couple of them disappeared.  Marine experts believe that the sea lions left for some tasty food on the coast of Oregon.

20th Anniversary of the International Ban on Ivory

It’s been over 20 years since the world of ivory has been banned internationally, however GREED and the demand for products made out of ivory have surge in the last few years.  Scientists are estimating that between 8% – 10% of African’s elephants are still being killed each year to meet this ivory demand.


So why are these products still in such demand?  Apparently, the recent growth in the far east’s appetite for ivory, which is a status symbol for the middle class, has sent ivory prices soaring from 150 pounds a kilogram in 2004 to more than 4,000 pounds a kilogram today.


African elephants in Kenya on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the world ivory trading ban. Photograph: Martin Harvey/AP


This is definitely a topic that will be discussed in detail at this year’s meeting in March of Cites (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species).


It has been estimated that more than 38,000 elephants were killed for their tusks just in 2006 alone and the death rate is even higher today.  To read this article (CLICK HERE) or click on the photo above.

Hundreds of Sea Lions Gone from San Francisco's Pier 39



California Sea Lions have found a new home 500 miles north of San Francisco’s Bay on the Oregon coast. In December, these Sea Lions migrated there due to an abundance of anchovies at this site in Oregon, which is approximately 11 miles north of the town of Florence. The Marine Mammal Center is not too concerned about the strange disappearance and feels that the sea lions will be back in San Francisco by the spring.


To read this article by Evelyn Nieves, The Associated Press CLICK HERE.



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