Target: Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman of Oracle Corporation
Goal: Praise Ellison’s substantial investment in a new center for education, wildlife rehabilitation and refuge
One of the world’s wealthiest individuals recently made a bold commitment: to fund the creation of a unique wildlife rehabilitation center, sanctuary and education park. Larry Ellison, former-CEO of the Oracle computer technology corporation, has donated a “significant” sum to help develop the Conservation Center for Wildlife Care. The project will transform an area in the Santa Cruz Mountains scarred by logging and mining, and will focus on serving invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles–animals often overlooked by traditional wildlife rehabilitation centers.
The Lawrence Ellison Foundation is partnering with the Peninsula Humane Society to realize this dream. Ken White, spokesperson for the animal welfare non-profit, touted the project’s importance in an interview with the Mercury News. “It’s truly wonderful how people have committed to the condor, and if we came to see it go extinct it would be a very graphic, very philosophical thing,” he said. “But if we saw the hummingbirds and the bees go extinct, then life for all would end.” The center’s on-site breeding facility will also focus on creatures such as butterflies and salamanders which can play important roles in their ecosystems.
Applaud Ellison for his commitment to California’s incredible wild animals, and for helping make the Conservation Center for Wildlife Care a reality.
Dear Mr. Ellison,
Your past contributions to the worthy causes of gorilla conservation and an end to ivory poaching have been generous. Clearly, you have a respect for nature’s diversity and a passion for protecting threatened species. With your recent support for the Conservation Center for Wildlife Care, you are also helping precious invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to survive.
The center will create dozens of long-term jobs and be able to treat thousands of animal patients each year. An abandoned quarry will be transformed into a world-class wildlife conservation facility. The loss of invertebrate, reptile and amphibian species like those at the heart of the center’s work is often a sign of an ecosystem’s collapse. Creatures like Lange’s metalmark butterfly–of which there are fewer than 100 in the wild–may not be as glamorous as elephants, but their survival is still of great importance.
May the center truly become a model for others to follow: demonstrating the best in conservation technology and educational opportunities, and providing a future for some of California’s most endangered species.
[Your Name Here]
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