p. 76 p. 77 p. 78

Southern California. My heart jumped. For many months, I have belonged to a citizens group that seeks to protect Southern Californias last remaining natural bay, Upper Newport Bay, from being compressed into a boat storage area for luxury waterfront residences. This life-giving estuary fies near my home; I dared to envision a bay sanctuary for blue herons, scallops, young halibut and red-berried California toyon trees. However, the game preserve turned ‘out to be a commercial zoo spectacle called Lion Country Safari. It is being sponsored by the same developer who, with the sympathy of public authorities, makes a paying proposition of the bay. If my faith in land developers is Justified, a game preserve called Grizzly Bear Rodeo is rising in a jungle clearing somewhere in South Africa.


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