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: July 2020

August 2, 2020

In this month of A Load of Croc… My experience at Wildtracks! By Program Coordinator Darcy Uclez The bus drive was long but worthy when we got to Wildtracks, I met Zoe and Paul Walker and then I was introduced to the other volunteers and the baby calf and other manatees.  Volunteering there helped me…

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Next Gen Croc student experiences manatee rehab

July 29, 2020

“My name is Erica Holding and I am 14 years old. I am interested in studying animal rehabilitation. I have been with the CRC for 2 years and have been able to have many amazing experiences. This past week, I was able to stay at Wildtracks for 3 days to learn about manatee rehabilitation. During…

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CRC Croc Ambassador’s Latest Shush…

July 28, 2020

In this month’s Latest Shush, we got some attitude seen on telenovela’s with surprises, twists and turns! Let’s catch up with the latest shush on our Croc Ambassador’s: Jabba: like a rebel teenager, Jabba has no interest in listening to his guardian. Lately he has not listened to the command STAY during his target training…

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The New Adventures of PigPen

July 13, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the CRC responded to the concerns of Belize Sugar Industry (BSI) in Orange Walk District about 2 Morelet’s crocodiles trapped in an old water effluent tank. This tank was 7m x 7m, and at least 7m deep. These crocodiles likely fell into the tanks while dispersing on land as there are no…

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CRC Research Associate Receives a Master’s in Biology

July 8, 2020

We would like to congratulate Felix Thirion who just received his Master’s based on his project titled “Assessing patterns of trace metal bioaccumulation in caudal scutes of Crocodylus moreletii and Crocodylus acutus in Belize.” Felix completed his Master’s under the supervision of the CRC, analyzing scutes CRC collected over the last three years throughout the…

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A Load of Croc June 2020: “Woah, we’re half way there…”

June 30, 2020

Even though the world is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRC has been busy with animal rescues, croc calls and snorkelling clean ups. Before COVID-19, the CRC would normally be doing outreach for World Crocodile Day.  Instead, due to government restrictions, the CRC celebrated it with a crocodile rescue, taking a 1.2m American-hybrid croc…

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CRC Croc Ambassador’s Latest Shush

June 28, 2020

How’s Jabba? Is Aemon getting more confident? Is the turtle known as Mad Max still bullying Sam and Gilly? The CRC gets asked all time how our Croc Ambassador’s are doing so we figure we could provide the latest shush (creole for latest gossip) on the crocs monthly: Jabba: He’s lost the Hutt weight, but…

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Can a crocodile smile?

June 26, 2020

Can a crocodile smile? CRC Croc Ambassador Aemon is just starting to get the hang of this command, and the main purpose behind the command is to give us a good view inside his mouth and see his teeth as part of a regular healthy check-up.

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New Seine Bight Trash Awareness Signs!

June 26, 2020

Right before quarantine came into effect in Belize the month of March, Projects Abroad assisted CRC in creating some new signs for Seine Bight in collaboration with the Seine Bight Village Council. This past week CRC Program Coordinator Darcy and a few kids from the village put up the signs to further awareness of properly…

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CRC Director Gives Virtual Conference Croc Talk

June 25, 2020

CRC Director and Co-Founder Dr. Marisa Tellez gave an online Croc Talk live Tuesday, May 12, 2020 about the current research of the CRC in regards to the effect of pollution on the population of Morelet’s crocodiles in New River, Belize, as well as discussed some of the educational outreach tools we use to create…

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