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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Living Desert Working To Saving Giraffe Populations Worldwide

Sylvester is congratulated by Gene Leone.

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2018 – 2:04 PM

It seems as if we grew up with giraffes. From their appearances on baby utensils, clothes and stuffed toys most of us were surrounded by giraffes … both real and plush. Who would think that these graceful animals could ever become extinct?

But according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature–the people who keep track of these things–the world’s tallest mammal is vulnerable for extinction. Giraffe populations have declined up to 40 percent during the past 30 years. There are fewer than 98,000 giraffes in the wild. Native to southern and eastern Africa, major threats to giraffe population on a habitat are caused by fragmentation, civil unrest and an analogical changes.

A local organization heading the plight against the extinction of wild animals is The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (TLD) in Palm Desert where it pursues its mission of “desert conservation through preservation.”

TLD has just announced its special admission times for the 2018 summer season. From June 1 to Sept. 30, TLD will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Special summer memberships will also be available.

Summer hours and membership offer an opportunity to take advantage of the extra hour in the early morning when wildlife is most active. Before the heat of the day, many animals can be seen stretching, eating and playing in the cooler morning temperatures.

When you visit TLD, be sure to visit the zoo’s herd of giraffes and the two relatively newborn kids who were last season’s major attraction.

The TLD is a family-friendly place dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. More information is available at 760-346-5694.

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The invitation read “Desert Chic,” a term I have yet to define after decades of living in the Desert. But, what made this invitation almost as coveted as an invite to Harry and Megan’s wedding were the two hosts: Art Williams and Gene Leone, who not only insure that their parties are chic and filled with guests who genuinely like each other, making for a evening of true friendship.
Most Desert events are in support of some charity or in honor of someone, and Leone and Williams’ honoree did not disappoint, although Sylvester, the honoree, apparently didn’t get word of the night’s dress code, arriving to the party in more formal black-and-white attire instead.
The Sylvester did not stay for long at the birthday party, even though it was given in his honor. After all, it was a celebration of his 19 years of taking care of Gene and Arthur. 
Sylvester, if you don’t know, is a cat and he appropriately went off and took a catnap, as any 19-year-old kitty is entitled to do.

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