Gulf Guardian Award Winners 2007
Individual Category - 1st Place
|Individual Name:||Dr. Patrick M. Burchfield||
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|Company||Director, Gladys Porter Zoo|
Dr Burchfield has been the single driving force in the Rancho Nuevo Sea Turtle Project for over two decades and has raised awareness for all endangered species as well as exotics illegally smuggled in and out of Mexico. His work at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville includes the rehabilitation of animals fir the illegal pet trade seized at the border. His work spearheading the Kemp's Ridley project for the USFWS has resulted in the unprecedented return of that species. Pat's time is precariously divided between his role as Deputy-Director of the zoo, a senior PI on the Kemp's Ridley project, and his family. Pat is in Mexico almost as much as he is home and without his dedication, the Kemp's Ridley would likely have been forgotten.