Voyage MIA: Written by Voyage MIA. May 3, 2018.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Reinaldo Diaz.
Reinaldo, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I wish I could claim to be one of those very focused people who always knew what it was they wanted to do, but like most people, it took a lot of trial and error to get to where I am. I always knew I would do something in conservation, but it took me decades to figure out what exactly that would be.
Growing up I was definitely one of those kids who was obsessed with wild animals and the environment, mixed in with my morning cartoons were loads of nature documentaries. Being a Floridian a lot of my time was spent outside exploring our natural areas, especially the ocean. So I was especially drawn to documentaries of our underwater world. I feel like I can still recite lines from early Howard Hall and Nat Geo movies.
Of course, seeing these far away exotic places made me really want to travel, and luckily for me, my parents made it a point to travel with me from an early age so that I could appreciate the world around us. I’ve certainly seen a lot of amazing places, people, and environments; but somehow, being able to compare exotic places to home just made me really appreciate Florida’s uniqueness. So many people spend thousands of dollars to travel to exotic locations to experience all kinds of wild encounters when we have so much to offer in our own backyard. And I really wanted to share this with people.
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