Sea Animal Rescuers

NH4_papa_tortuga-180x135Papá Tortuga
Fernando Manzano was just 16 years old when he found his calling. For the last 31 years, he has dedicated himself to bringing the Lora turtle back from the edge of extinction. In the small town of Tecolutla, Mexico, he has battled against mother nature, natural predators and poachers. All without any outside financial support.


NH4_salton_sea_rescue_rangers-180x135Salton Sea Rescue Rangers
The mysterious Salton Sea is a critical stopover for the survival of millions of migrating birds.  A devastating outbreak of avian botulism killed thousands of birds, including the endangered California brown pelican.  The US Fish & Wildlife rangers of the Sonny Bono National refuge now run daily airboat patrols around the Sea looking for sick birds, as early detection is essential for survival.

About the Producer:
For more about Producers Rob & Elise Wilson, and Aspen ProMedia visit:

Salton Sea Rescue Rangers
“Salton Sea Rescue Rangers” is a short film excerpt from the award-winning feature documentary, “Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea.”

Contact Filmmaker & Buy Video
Papá Tortuga
(928) 526-7474

Salton Sea Rescue Rangers
Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer – Tilapia Film, LLC
(310) 497-6005

Papá Tortuga
Produced & Directed by Elise Wilson and Rob Wilson, Aspen ProMedia
Written by Maggie Lineback

Salton Sea Rescue Rangers
Directed and Photographed by
Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer
Producer: Chris Metzler

Find Out More:
Papá Tortuga
The Tecolutla Turtle Preservation Project:
Fernando Manzano’s website (in Spanish):

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