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    MIAMI(CBSMiami) – Will Elgar, the new Director of Zoo Miami, is described as passionate about wildlife conservation. Elgar has been tasked with taking the zoo to the next level and increasing conservation awareness, not only there but throughout the Miami-Dade park system as well. READ MORE: FSU To Resume In-Person Instruction, Graduation Ceremonies Since re-opening, people have returned to the zoo in earnest. “The attendance at the zoo has been incredible really, near record highs considering it is at 50 percent capacity,” said Elgar. The newly appointed director is no stranger to the zoo world. “I grew up in the United Kingdom and got to travel globally. I have been working in the zoo world for 20 years,” he said. His most recent post was the Director of Zoological Operations at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta where he managed all the aquarium’s animal operations staff, budget, and exhibits. In addition...
    NEW YORK -- Kapu Collective is the brainchild of two brothers: Street artist Sean "Hula" Yoro and photographer Gabe "Kapu" Yoro. Together, they make breathtaking eco-murals that not only bring awareness to environmental issues, but are eco-friendly too. Whether it's a mural that will help a coral reef grow, or a mural that changes perspective when the tide rises to bring awareness to climate change, they are trying to make a difference through their art. "We always start with kind of an inspiration, some back end message that we really want to translate into a full artwork or a piece or mural," says Sean, whose paintings adorn cliffsides and underwater grottos alike. Both from Oahu, Hawaii, the two brothers use mother nature's natural canvas to bring their extraordinary projects to life. Watch to see just some of their amazing installations!GET INSPIRED: Watch more Localish here!
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Blood is needed now more than ever. Join ABC7 and the American Red Cross to schedule a lifesaving donation.Visit this page to make your appointment for the ABC7 Blood Drive on Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1663 Market Street in San Francisco. Enter sponsor code: ABC7 or your zip code or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your visit.Appointments are also available throughout the year at multiple locations around the Bay Area for your convenience.Check the schedule here to find a date and time that works better for you. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.ABC7 and the American Red Cross are partnering to urge Bay Area residents about the critical need for blood donations in January for National Blood Donor...
    TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (KABC) -- It's an empty desert now, but on Saturday a ranch in Twentynine Palms will be the center for a haunted hayride winding through a maze. And it's also a way to help men and women who have served in the military."Just trying to give the community, active duty as well as veterans a place to come out on Halloween, have a little bit of fun and get out for a little bit," said Ainsley Clift of Irreverent Warriors Palm Springs.The mission is much larger than Halloween fun. It wants to raise awareness of the devastating trend of veteran suicide."Twenty-two veteran lives a day are lost to suicide," said Corey Hall with Irreverent Warriors Palm Springs.The event is being put together by Irreverent Warriors, an organization for veterans to reach out, network and interact with those dealing with mental health issues."The one thing they miss the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — More than 3,000 demonstrators marched in Glendale Monday night to protest what they call Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenia, police said. “We are trying to educate people because the mainstream media is not covering any of this,” Kristine Harutyunyan, a demonstrator from Glendale, said. She said the ongoing demonstrations around the Los Angeles area were appealing to those who might not know about the struggle in her homeland that has seen hundreds injured and dozens killed since fighting erupted one week ago. The two nations are currently fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, a disputed land that is controlled by ethnic Armenians but lies within the border of Azerbaijan. Both Armenian and Azeri sides have claimed to suffer serious losses from the ongoing conflict. “Everyday Armenia attacks major cities of Azerbaijan killing and injuring innocent civilians. It’s a war crime,” Consul General Nasimi Aghayev said. “Just...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Kimberly Willis loves to uplift and inspire people though her gospel singing. But in the spring of 2017, she found herself needing some encouragement. “By the time I got to diagnose day from the actual doctor I was already kind of prepared for it because everything was leading up to that’s what it probably would be,” she said. During a self-breast exam se felt a lump. With no family history of breast cancer and being too young for recommended mammograms, she went solely on her gut and scheduled a visit to the doctor. “At the age of 34, I was diagnosed with stage 3 A breast cancer,” she said. With that diagnosis, her life as a wife and mom of four changed in an instant. “Several surgeries, I had a partial mastectomy, I’ve had 15 rounds of chemo, I had six weeks of radiation,” she said. ...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A young man is biking hundreds of miles to bring awareness to mental health.Kevin Hubsmith is the picture-perfect image of health and happiness.From the outside, this male model has it all. The glitz and the glamour.But looks can be deceiving."It started in high school. I actually had an incident with self-harm, which was my first real big obstacle with mental health," Hubsmith said. "Got some treatment and then went off to college and had a little bit of a manic episode in college actually."RELATED | Up Close Exclusive: Corey Johnson and his struggle with depressionEMBED More News Videos Watch NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson discuss his battle with depression on Up Close That's when Hubsmith decided to spend 76 days in the wilderness.Nine years ago, he went to an outdoor therapy retreat in the Moab Desert in Utah.So next Wednesday he's going back to where...
    Multimedia mogul and actor Tyler Perry teamed up with Georgia’s first lady Marty Kemp in a video to bring awareness to and stop human trafficking. “Grateful to [Tyler Perry] for his leadership to support survivors and raise awareness about human trafficking!” tweeted Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp on Thursday. Below her tweet was a video Perry had recorded, urging viewers to look for warning signs of the crime of sex trafficking. “Human trafficking is a crime often hidden in plain sight,” said Perry in the video. “We like to think that it only happens in other places, and only affects other people. but sadly, it’s happening right here in our backyard in Georgia, in small towns and big cities.” Watch below:  Grateful to @tylerperry for his leadership to support survivors and raise awareness about human trafficking! Learn about the warning signs and who to contact for help: https://t.co/YJo0SgHHmk pic.twitter.com/RmLjxNwAVf — First...
    Actress Lili Reinhart apologized for using a nude photo to try to bring awareness to Breonna Taylor’s death. Reinhart reportedly shared the photo, which has since been deleted, on her Instagram. “Now that my sideboob has gotten your attention, Breonna Taylor’s murderers have not been arrested. Demand justice,” the caption of the post read, according to a report published Tuesday by UsWeekly. Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky serving a no-knock warrant in a drug investigation, according to The New York Times. I’ve always tried to use my platform for good. And speak up about things that are important to me. I also can admit when I make a mistake and I made a mistake with my caption. It was never my intent to insult anyone and I’m truly sorry to those that were offended. — Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) June 29, 2020 “I’ve always tried to use...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The third annual "We Walk for Her" march held Tuesday evening was aimed at raising awareness of Black women and girls who go missing each year in Chicago.Concerned residents led by youth organizers marched along King Drive on the city's South Side from 35th Street to 51st Street, ending at Dyett High School.RELATED: More Black women buying guns to protect themselves, advocates and firearm dealers sayMarch organizers say some of the missing women are eventually found murdered and some families never get answers because the cases are never solved.A Chicago 7th grader organized the march back in 2018.Organizers said the young women leading this effort want elected officials and law enforcement to address this issue by better policy and safety solutions.
    The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles is the first Trans chorus in the United States. They hope to bring awareness, understanding, power and victory to the trans community.Abdullah "Abbey" Hall is the artistic director of the chorus, who says the group was formed in 2015.It's founders "thought it was very necessary to have a trans-identified chorus in L.A. Since then we've changed and grew. I used to be a singer with the chorus, and then about two years ago I became its artistic director. My focal point was to change the trans narrative from victim to victorious. These are some fantastic lives here, these are amazing people...singing and living their lives," Hall said.The chorus will be performing on ABC7's "LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration," a virtual three-hour live event."We're going to be doing a song written by an amazing ally named Maggie Szabo, called "Don't Give Up on Love," Hall...
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