Larry Perez is a lifelong resident of Miami and has spent more than fifteen years working in south Florida’s natural areas. During his career, he has worked as a naturalist for Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation and as a ranger for Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. Larry is a graduate of Florida International University, where he completed programs in park and recreation management and environmental studies. He is also the author of Words on the Wilderness: A History of Place Names in South Florida’s National Parks and maintains a healthy fascination with lizards and snakes.