Preserving Paradise: South Florida’s wildlife conservation efforts (includes video story)

South Florida possesses a stunning collection of wildlife, from alligators to manatees, inhabiting its diverse landscapes. However, the advance of urban areas, surging temperatures and environmental pollution have thrown these creatures into jeopardy, endangering their habitats and wellbeing.

The South Florida Wildlife Center emerges as a beacon of hope in this narrative, tirelessly working to rescue, rehabilitate and release native animals while educating the public and engaging students and volunteers.

“Our mission is to protect wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education,” said Charlotte Cournoyer, medical director at the center.

The center’s dedication shines through as they actively address the challenges facing their region’s wildlife, focusing on reducing animal admissions and fostering awareness.

South Florida Wildlife Center is located at 3200 SW 4th Ave. People can drop off injured animals from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Tomas Horcada is a junior Digital TV + Broadcasting student at Florida International University. He was raised and born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, until 2017 when he moved to Weston, Florida. He loves his home country Argentina, but his biggest passion is soccer. His dream is to become a Soccer Journalist, and get to cover the biggest event in the world of sports, The FIFA World Cup.

Valerie Diez is a junior Digital Communication and Multimedia Production student at Florida International University. She was born and raised in Venezuela where she began her career for Audiovisual Communications. In later years, she moved to Miami and obtained an associate degree in Communication Arts from Broward College. She enjoys any kind of fine arts and learning about other cultures through different forms of entertainment. Her goal is to combine visual design and informational media as she firmly believes that images and words complement each other.

Juan Aguirre Saravia is a college student from Buenos Aires, Argentina who is majoring in Digital and Interactive Media and Communication. He's currently engaged in a digital internship at Inter Miami CF in which he's determined to fuse his digital skills with his passion for 'fútbol,' aiming for a career in the digital landscape of this sport's world.

Daniel Suarez is a Digital TV and Multimedia Production student at FIU. He was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and has a passion for sports and the world of production. He likes to edit videos from his trips and create photogenic compositions wherever he goes. In the future, he aspires to work on television as a producer and at the same time contribute or create alternate projects that exploit his creativity to the maximum.