My love for wildlife started in my own canyon backyard in San Diego, California and during visits to my grandparent's homes in the deserts and canyons of Tucson and Sedona, Arizona. Many days were spent at the San Diego Zoo (little did I know I would later have a dream job working there!), and hiking on the canyon trails near my home, observing animals, insects, and plants. I loved taking pictures and writing stories, and I wanted to work for National Geographic when I grew up. I found nature endlessly fascinating, had many different types of pets, and loved exploring outdoors.
As a college student, I became very interested in psychology and animal behavior. My undergraduate degree was in Psychology and my Master's degree was in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Primate and Animal Behavior. My education and experience led to some wonderful opportunities over the past 23 years to care for animals in zoo and sanctuary settings, and to provide education to the public related to the environment and Animal Science. In 2020, I graduated from the University of Florida's Master Naturalist Program and created the Be Wild Florida blog as a form of educational outreach.
Thank you for visiting Be Wild Florida and learning more about the wildlife and wild places that make Florida so precious and worth protecting!
Nature has been for me, as long as I can remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.