SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos was back for its fourth annual event and more than more than 150 people joined the worldwide movement to protect wildlife in Balboa Park Sunday.
Marchers chanted slogans and held signs, fighting for an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade. Animal rights advocates report that at least 70 elephants and three rhinos are killed each day for their horns and tusks.
The marchers, with pro rhino and elephant signs in hand, made their way to the San Diego Zoo.
The event also featured radio show host Coe Lewis who founded NSEFU Wildlife Conservation Foundation.
"I was raised in Africa on a game reserve, and I used to see hundreds of thousands of these animals."
Lewis spoke of the high demand for ivory and rhino horn high in Africa and Asia.
"We've got about eight or nine years statistically to save these animals because the black market is literally driving these animals into extinction," continued Lewis.
There are boots on the ground organizations like Global Conservation Force.
"I'm giving rangers the voice that they need to protect the elephants and rhinos that are dying at a very fast rate in the wild,” said Mike Veale with the Global Conservation Force. "Rhino horns going for between $45 to $55,000 per kilogram, which is two to three times the rate of cocaine.”
San Diego was one of about 145 cities around the world participating in Sunday’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos.
Conservationists estimate there are less than 400,000 elephants and there may be as few as 18,000 rhinos left in the wild.
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A two-year contract ratified by members of San Diego's police union would move officers' pay to above-average levels statewide in all classifications, city leaders announced Monday.
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Dozens of schools in the San Diego Unified School District will be on minimum-day schedules again Tuesday due to forecasted high temperatures, the district said Monday.
A small brush fire erupted alongside state Route 94 in Golden Hill Monday, burning brush near a church and preschool but causing no reported structural damage or injuries before crews got it under control.
Santa Ana winds will blow through much of San Diego County Monday and combine with record-high temperatures and extremely dry air to create dangerous fire conditions, forecasters said.
State Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani met with members of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians on Monday.
Authorities are working Monday to identify the human remains recovered where a plane crash sparked a fire over the weekend in Lakeside, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
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Authorities Monday released the name of a man who was fatally shot by police last month when he faced off against them at a North County strip mall while armed with a knife and a pellet gun.