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National Parks Under Attack
This Web site doesn't like to take political stands, but now it is necessary.

The current administration wants to reduce the size and number of National Monuments and allow oil drilling and mining in National Parks for the first time since the system was established. If you prefer trees and streams to oil wells and pipelines, contact your representatives in Washington NOW and tell them to protect these Crown Jewels of America.

Places Earth extends sympathies and hopes to both the people fighting to restore their lives in Puerto Rica and to those who’s lives have been taken or disrupted by the shooting in Las Vegas. Also to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Gulf region. Also to the fire victims in California. So many disasters in short time, all made worse by climate change.

State Parks, Historic Sites, and Museums need your help.

Throughout the country, state parks, historic sites, museums, and similar institutions are struggling to continue operating. Because of general financial problems, many of these institutions are operating on a reduced schedule or in danger of closing. Some are being forced to sell off artifacts and property. Many will not weather these hard times without your help.

Places Earth urges everyone to support these vital and important public resources any way you can. Please donate your treasure, time, and talent. Write to your governor and other elected officials telling them to find a way to keep state parks open. It will be your loss.

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All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.
The author was young when he last visited Jungleland. I am still looking for old family photos and have no souvenirs. The information here was mostly gathered from other sources.

Jungleland was a popular animal park in Thousand Oaks from about 1956 to 1968 or 1969. While being a home to "movie animals" used in films and TV, it was open to the public, exhibited many unusual animals, and had animal shows on a regular schedule. Mabel Stark was famous for her tiger training and gave several shows a day.

Louis Goebel opened Goebel Lion Farm in 1926 and included a few lions from Universal Studio's animal division which had recently closed. By 1929 it had become a popular tourist attraction. About 1946 it was sold to Trader Horne, an animal importer-exporter, and Billy Richards and was renamed the World Jungle Compound. The facility was sold again in 1956 to 20th Century Fox and became Jungland which was how it remained until it closed. Goebel reacquired the property in 1961 and it prospered until the late 1960s when bad press and competition from other attractions resulted in reduced attendance and closure in 1969. The animals were sold at auction. Remnants were still visible on the north side of Highway 101 for many years after the closure until it was replaced by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Some of the animal residents reportedly included the horse Mr. Ed, Gretta the chimpanzee from Tarzan, and Leo the MGM lion.

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