A nonprofit organization devoted to promoting conservation of crocodiles and their habitats throughout Central America through community involvement, research, and education.
Working alongside communities and conducting educational outreach is part of the core work of the Crocodile Research Coalition to further conservation efforts.
In November 2019, the Crocodile Research Coalition secured 25 acres on the western side of Placencia Lagoon in an area known as Flower Camp.
After years of responding to injured wildlife in southern Belize, which included manatee, pelican, iguana, raccoon, and snake rescues, the CRC quickly recognized their role as a wildlife rescue responder in the area.
The Crocodile Research Coalition accepts interns, volunteers, and research associates year-round to assist in our crocodile population surveys, biodiversity monitoring, and educational outreach events.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.“ - Jane Goodall
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By adopting one of our captive or rehabilitated crocs, you provide the support needed to home and provide the necessary veterinary and husbandry care for crocs and other wildlife that come through our wildlife triage and rehabilitation program within the Crocodile Research Coalition.
Maester Aemon (for you Game of Thrones fans, you’ll know why we named him Aemon!), came under CRC's rehab after being rescued from Corozal District in November 2018. He was found emaciated and had severe damage to his eyes from a hard blow/machete chop to the head. Given his behavior and reaction during target training sessions, Aemon is completely blind in his right eye and has poor eyesight in his left eye (possibly distinguishing between light and darkness). This trauma likely led to Aemon's emaciation as crocs use part of their vision for successful hunting despite other sensory organs that allow them to hunt. Under CRC 24/7 care, Aemon has gained weight and is responding well to his target training sessions, overcoming his fear of certain sounds that likely connect to the trauma that caused his blindness.
Aemon has now taken on the important role as CRC’s Croc Ambassador, educating people about the truth of crocodiles, squashing false beliefs and misguided information. Aemon, along with other CRC rehabbed crocs, could use your support. Adopt-A-Croc and your donation will go towards food, enclosure upkeep, and veterinary care for Aemon and other crocs under our wildlife rehabilitation program. Sponsor $120US or more and get monthly updates of Aemon!
In March 2019, CRC became the caretakers of 2 Morelet’s crocs and a Mesoamerican turtle that were originally permitted to a couple by the Belize Forest Department and were under their care for about 30 years. No longer to care for the mating pair, CRC was asked to “adopt” the animals to become part of our Croc Ambassador program. The full story of Gilly, Sam and the infamous turtle known as Mad Max can be found here.
In 2021, Gilly unfortunately lost his friends Sam and Mad Max. Mad Max was about 43 years old when she came to the CRC and Mesoamerican sliders live up to 45 years in captivity. Mad Max is now enjoying her time in Valhalla. Sam unfortunately finally succumbed to battling a decade long osteomyelitis infection in her mouth despite all the efforts of the CRC in getting her veterinary care. Despite the loss, Gilly is doing well and continuing the mission of the trio- utilizing their unique history and friendship educating people about the truth of wildlife, squashing false beliefs and misguided information that can hinder coexistence with nature.
Help Gilly with his mission of furthering co-existence by participating in our Adopt-A-Croc program. Your donation will go towards food, enclosure upkeep, and veterinary care for Gilly. Sponsor Gilly for a year and receive monthly updates!
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