Wildlife Warriors: protecting South Florida’s animals (includes audio story)

The Wildlife Warriors podcast is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers South Florida’s wildlife faces, their causes and the preservation efforts of several organizations.

To watch the accompanying documentary, click here. To view the accompanying photo essay, click here.

Episode 1

In this podcast episode, Alessandra Medri, executive director of South Florida Wildlife Center, offers a deeper understanding of the economic aspects behind the wildlife conservation efforts in Florida, specifically at the South Florida Wildlife Center, by sharing the critical role of funding in the survival and success of conservation efforts.

Medri demonstrates how conservation centers’ initiatives are essential for preserving biodiversity, “because without a healthy environment, you don’t have a healthy planet.” She presents the challenges of securing funding for conservation, highlighting the competitive landscape for grants and the necessity of attracting and retaining donors.

Episode 2

This episode presents the critical aspects of manatee conservation. Joyce Palmer, Project Leader and Manager of the National Wildlife Refuge System, shares insights into the refuge center strategies. She also discusses the threats because of human activities, particularly boat strikes and entanglement in nets.

On the other hand, she also highlights the center’s volunteer program. “We have over 190 volunteers that help us… dedicate a lot of their time and efforts in helping protect them”. This podcast episode provides a window into manatee conservation and the tremendous efforts to protect these gentle marine giants.

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.

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.

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.

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.