Alex Trebek was best known for his 36-year run as the TV host of the iconic game show, Jeopardy! Unofruntaltey, it was revealed earlier this year that Trebek had begun a major battle with pancreatic cancer. There was a time where it seemed that things were going to get better for the 80-year-old Trebek, but sadly, he ended up passing away.
While he left behind quite the entertainment legacy, there was much more to him than just being an Emmy-award winning game show host.
As it turned out, Trebek had invested a lot of his time and money into various charities – including environmental conservation. It wasn’t something that he would openly discuss, but following his passing, the Laurel Canyon Land Trust posted a Facebook post that paid tribute to all the good he did to help protect the environment.
Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show…
As the Facebook post shared, the former game show host had actually created the Trebek Open Space by donating 62 acres of land in Nichols Canyon, which is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. The post continued, saying, “This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come.”
The open space is multi-purpose in order to be enjoyed by a variety of people from hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Trebek donated the land back in 1998 when it was purchased for $2 million. Today, the land is now valued at $25 million – a clear indication of just how generous Trebek’s choice was years ago. The Hollywood Hills park was a hidden gem, but now it’s receiving a lot of attention from people who want to make his contributions to land conservation known.
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Besides the plot of land, Trebek also invested in natural restoration and species protection. One of his favorite animals happened to be the musk ox, native to the Arctic region. It’s an endangered species that now lives on special farms in remote places such as Alaska or Siberia. Trebek and his family were known to donate not just money, but also their time to supporting the Musk Ox Farm up in the Alaskan city of Palmer.
He was once asked why he was so fond of the musk ox, to which Trebek explained, “Musk oxen are family oriented, and I like that. When in danger, they form a protective circle with the males facing outward, and the cows and calves in the center. There are very few predators brave enough to attack this formation. Besides that, I like the way their furry coats wave in the breeze when they are running.”
With heavy hearts, fond memories, and eternal gratitude we are remembering the “God Father” of our herd today, Alex…
A very good answer – well-informed, too! It was this dedication to nature that did so much good for organizations such as the Musk Ox Farm. The Executive Director of the Musk Ox Farm, Mark Austin, shared with the Anchorage Press that Trebek’s love for animals was simply inspirational. Austin added that Trebek did a lot for them in terms of raising awareness of the musk ox’s plight. He added that Trebek was “a very generous guy.”
No doubt that his conservation efforts were highly appreciated.Whizzco