Frank Sinatra
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14303) 6 years ago
Many people are unaware that singer Frank Sinatra was also an ecologist. He found out that the herds of wildebeests in Africa were being forced off their native lands into game reserves where they were more apt to be eaten by their natural enemies due to the crowded conditions.

These animals would congregate around lakes and other bodies of water, but had nowhere to run if they were attacked by their foes. This resulted in abnormal losses in the herds.

Frank, upon finding out about this, donated a lot of money to find open land for the animals so they wouldn't be so crowded. Sinatra's idea was to go to the watering holes and load the wildebeests onto large barges and take them to the other lands and set them free.

In order to accomplish this, he had to finance his work through a best-selling song about it. We've all heard the song before. It begins "Start spreading the gnus." The title of the song is, of course, "New Ark, New Ark."
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Posted by Elizabeth Emilsson (+796) 6 years ago
That was one of your best,Richard.
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Posted by Becky Gergen (+409) 6 years ago
Richard....you always make me smile or laugh.
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