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February 17, 1991
In our fifth year of drought, how can anyone feel entitled to aesthetic luxuries such as Mr. Rorabaugh's humongous swimming pool, which requires 288,000 gallons of water, "plus two 900-gallon aquariums, koi pools, waterfalls and ponds galore"? ("Millionaire's Dream Castle Rises on a Rancho Santa Fe Hill," Feb. 10.) We are concerned about keeping our 150 avocado trees and family fruit trees alive. Surely this will be a magnificent showplace. Imagine, a 22-car garage. The article did not give the number of bathrooms, but if correlated to the square footage of the house and the garage, it must have, at the very least, 25 to 30. I wonder if the Rorabaughs glance at Lake Hodges when they drive by and wonder where the water went?
October 4, 2002
Kudos to Jerry Hirsch for his excellent but ultimately depressing Sept. 28 article on the tropical fish industry, "Tropical Catch of the Day." There are a lot of ways to make money. But efforts to improve the ways in which the tropical fish are caught notwithstanding, people like Walt Smith are making a lot of money by selling something that does not belong to them. Moreover, their actions represent just one more area in which human beings are contributing not only to the demise of myriad species and natural habitats on the planet but, ultimately, to our own demise.
August 21, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
Who knew that the little, algae-lined glass jar on your child's dresser, the one that contains a yellowy-orange fish named Penny, is an important cultural object? Bernd Brunner does, but that's not surprising. The Berlin-based author has devoted his other books - on the moon and bears in the woods - to things that are easily taken for granted and overlooked. And now, with "The Ocean At Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium" (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press: 168 pp., $29 paper)
November 13, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Barnet Shutman, a Long Island salesman, was sitting in his hotel room here the other day when suddenly he thought of Nancy Reagan. Within seconds, it inspired a new ad campaign. "It came to me like a flash," the 28-year-old Shutman recalled. " 'Just say no to cyanide.' " Shutman buys and sells tropical fish, and the new slogan is part of a pioneering crusade that his company, based on Long Island, N.Y., is about to launch in one of America's fastest-growing hobby industries.
December 15, 2012 | By Joyce Smith
Just putting a price on a product and sticking it on a shelf is so old school. And with consumers buying more online each year, bricks-and-mortar retailers are working harder to add entertainment to their mix - from American Girl's scavenger hunts to the Art of Shaving's product demonstrations. These experiences are something consumers can't get from online shopping. "You can buy a product just about everywhere. They are trying to add a different element so it is not just about the product," said Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of WSL/Strategic Retail, a retail strategy firm in New York.
May 14, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Two young Komodo dragons are the newest residents of Shark Reef Aquarium  at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . The male juveniles are among 10 recently hatched at Prague Zoological Gardens in the Czech Republic. They join a third Komodo dragon that has lived at the aquarium since 2008. Komodo dragons are the world's largest lizard. When fully grown, they can measure as much as 10 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds. An accredited member of Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums , Shark Reef has pledged to cooperatively manage, conserve and protect the lizards, which are an endangered species.
May 6, 1989 | SHEARLEAN DUKE
Don't be fooled by the glamorous facade of the Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory, the 1920s-era building complete with castle-like tower that sits in China Cove, near the entrance to Newport Harbor. Inside, the building looks like the biology lab that it is, complete with cluttered desks, high-tech microscopes and windowless research rooms, where the the million-dollar ocean view goes begging. The Kerckhoff lab, directly across from the Newport jetty, amid stylish homes and a high-rise apartment building, has been part of Caltech's biology department since 1929.
Zoos must become partners in wildlife preservation efforts and launch educational campaigns to entice their visitors to aid preservation, a leading conservationist told zoo directors and curators Monday. The world is on the edge of "the greatest mass extinction episodes that have ever occurred," and zoos must act to help stop it, Norman Myers, senior fellow of the World Wildlife Fund, told 1,300 delegates attending the convention of the American Assn.
January 13, 2005 | Brenda Rees, Special to The Times
Some high-profile aquariums search the world over for certain species of sea creatures, trading and bartering with other institutions, coordinating with accredited breeders and working with certified collectors. But the Sea Lab in Redondo Beach obtains its critters quite differently: Almost all sea life on display at the ocean-side facility has been rescued from doom by a cooperative effort between the lab and local power plants.
One of the entertainment world's biggest stars did two sellout shows here Friday, completely oblivious to a whale of a cross-continent controversy involving her employer, allegations of sex harassment by the governor of Washington, as well as a complex question of animal rights. The star: Lolita, a six-ton killer whale who for 25 years has both awed and soaked visitors to Miami's Seaquarium with her splashy leaps.
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