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Can alligators survive this apex predator? - Kenny Coogan

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Despite alligators ruling the swamplands of the Everglades for millennia, the last 500 years have brought deadly new predators that challenge their reign. And the origins of these international invaders are just as unexpected as their impact on the Everglades. So, what exactly is threatening this biodiverse region? Kenny Coogan explores the unique and precious ecosystem.

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In Kenny Coogan’s book, Florida Carnivorous Plants, he highlights the works of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, as well as Minnie Moore Wilson and May Mann Jennings. These women were able to secure lands for wild places and wild animals in the early 1900s when it wasn’t a popular concept. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is quoted as saying "It is a woman's business to be interested in the environment. It's an extended form of housekeeping." Today we know that all of us can become conservationists. Wetlands in particular help filter our air, soil and water and provide homes and food for a diverse population of wildlife. If we help save wetlands, they may in return help save us. 

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Kenny Coogan
  • Director Doug Alberts, Noodle
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Music Noodle
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Senior Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie

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