A native Miamian, Larissa Perez is responsible for the husbandry of the avian collection of the wildlife center, including monitoring the physical and physiological health of the collection. She also works directly with injured birds that have been brought in to the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center, administering treatment, conducting physical rehabilitation, flight training, and assisting the veterinarian with medical care.
Her previous experience includes working with native wildlife and exotic animals, including a month-long externship at the C.R.O.W. Clinic in Sanibel, Florida and volunteer work with the South Florida Wildlife Center. Additionally, she has worked with the endangered black and white ruffed lemur and many reptile species, and volunteered with Dr. Harris from South Dade Animal Hospital as a vet assistant. Perez studies environmental sciences at Florida International University.