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Gulf Coast Center for Child Development Gets Visit from Wild at Heart Rescue

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The Gulf Coast Center for Child Development (GCCCD), a dual-purpose early childhood education and care center of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, will be visited by Wild at Heart Rescue, a local wildlife rescue group based out of Vancleave, Miss.

On Tuesday, April 26 at 1 p.m., Wild at Heart Rescue will visit the center in Pass Christian to educate children about the various wildlife they help along the Gulf Coast area.

A nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers, Wild at Heart Rescue strives to rescue, rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife of Mississippi back into their natural habitat while educating the public on what to do when a sick, injured or orphaned species of wildlife is found. 

“Educating young children on the importance of taking care of the outside environment and the animals within it is very important, especially on the Gulf Coast,” said Melissa Weaver, GCCCD program director and instructor.  

Throughout the month of April, students at GCCCD have been learning about different types of animals, which resulted in the center inviting Wild at Heart Rescue to come and educate the students about the animals they serve.

“The program will help educate our children on the importance of protecting the environment in which the animals live and how they rehabilitate animals that become hurt or injured in the wild,” said Weaver.

GCCCD will also be accepting donations to assist Wild at Heart Rescue with their rescue mission. For more information on how to donate, contact Melissa Weaver at 228.452.5210.