Mission Statement

A nonprofit organization devoted to promoting conservation of crocodiles and their habitats throughout Central America through community involvement, research, and education.


“Conservation is just not about wildlife, it’s about people.” 

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, the Crocodile Research Coalition quickly realized their role as a wildlife rescue responder in the area and established the...


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.

A Load of Croc: so you want to be a croc scientist?

September 12, 2021

This month’s A Load of Croc is a testimonial written by CRC intern Gary Moscarelli about his 2-month experience of research and community outreach in Belize. My time as an intern at the CRC was a life changing experience. The skills that I learned as ascientist working in the field were absolutely priceless and allowed…

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A Load of Croc: My time at the CRC…unBELIZEable, eh!

July 11, 2021

This month’s A Load of Croc is a summary of the experience Sarah Patterson from Canada had 6 weeks during her mentor apprenticeship with the CRC. My time at the Crocodile Research Coalition was absolutely life-changing and personally life-affirming. I always knew my life would lead me to a place like Belize and into a career…

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The Latest Shush: May 2021 Edition

May 12, 2021

In this month’s The Latest Shush, Community Ecology Intern Ellie Coleman summarizes the excitement, the shyness and the sassiness of the CRC Crocodile Ambassadors. In the last few months, the CRC Crocodile Ambassadors, Gilly and Sam, have really become settled in their new home. Landscaping works have been carried out to provide shelter and black…

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A Load of Croc: Betta Belize Kathleen had a Good Time!

April 5, 2021

This month’s A Load of Croc is written by long-term volunteer Kathleen Hasler who gives a nice summary of how she sank her teeth into conservation with the CRC! I had spoken to Marisa throughout the end of 2020, as I was helping her with her research on Patterns of Paratrichosoma infection in Belizean crocodiles.…

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CRC Wildlife Ambassador’s Latest Shush: March Madness Edition

March 10, 2021

This month’s Latest Shush is provided by current CRC interns and volunteers as they have had a lot of interaction with CRC Wildlife Ambassadors Gilly, Sam and Mad Max as they have camped out on the CRC land for day and night observations. Here is what they have experienced…. Community Ecology Intern Ellie:This month has…

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A Load of Croc: Finding my feet

January 31, 2021

This month’s A Load of Croc is written by Community Ecology Intern Ellie Coleman, and her 1st month experience interning with the CRC. I arrived to start my role as a Community Ecology Intern in early December, leaving behind the cold North East of England for the far warmer weather of Belize and for a…

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CRC Ambassadors Latest Shush: The Night’s Watch

January 12, 2021

Aemon shows he’s been working to be on the Good List this year for Christmas; Gilly and Sam still adjust to their new home; and Mad Max… well she’s back to her normal shenanigans! Gilly and Sam: Despite being in their new home for the last several weeks, Gilly and Sam are still illustrating a…

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A Load of Croc: Crikey!

December 31, 2020

It was a few days after CRC relocated Crocodile Ambassadors Gilly and Sam, and the infamous turtle known as Mad Max from their previous home at the Savannah Guest House (SGH) to their new home with the CRC in southern Belize (for the full story, check out: Carol Foster who had known these animals…

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A Load of Croc Special Edition: Placencia welcomes Gilly, Sam & Mad Max

December 2, 2020

This month’s A Load of Croc is written by CRC Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Marisa Tellez and discusses the story and move of the crocodiles Gilly and Sam, as well as the infamous turtle Mad Max to the new CRC facility. About 20 months ago I received an email from Founder of The Belize…

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CRC Croc Ambassadors’ Latest Shush: November 2020

November 15, 2020

Sam, Gilly & Mad MaxCRC has been preparing for the biggest move of this trio’s lifetime as they make a move to southern Belize and call the new CRC land and facility home. Since the beginning of October, CRC has been visiting the gang to train them to come up further on land so that…

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