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 CRC to further conservation efforts.


In November 2019, the CRC secured 25 acres on the western side of Placencia Lagoon in an area known as Flower Camp, historically known for its...


After years of responding to injured wildlife in southern Belize, the CRC quickly realized their role as a wildlife rescue responder in the area and established the CRC Wildlife Triage Center.


The CRC 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.

A Load of Croc: April 2020 Egg-stravaganza

May 2, 2020

This month love was in the air as Mama crocs begin prepping their nests for egg laying, and Morelet’s croc breeding season just starting to warm-up. And despite the quarantine, the CRC continues to work from our croc caves- whether that is providing educational material, working on publications, or organizing and prepping for when we…

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Keep Calm and Croc On!

April 1, 2020

Prior to suspending research and outreach, and prepping the team for the months ahead in regards to the coronavirus, CRC had a normal month of research, outreach, and rescues in March. The first 2 weeks CRC was busy prepping for our participation in Reef Week. Reef Week is a yearly event done to raise awareness…

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CRC Celebrates 4 Years!

March 4, 2020

“If you build it, they will come.”  Dear Crocodylian Lovers, Late January CRC celebrated our 4-year anniversary and OH MY how much we have accomplished for such a young organization!  From the beginning, the CRC was surrounded by passionate community members, interns, volunteers, and students who wanted to make a positive footprint in the world,…

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The Tale of a Recaptured Croc

February 10, 2020

This snippet of A Load of Croc is written by CRC’s Research Biologist Jonathan Triminio. On Thursday, January 23, Research Biologist Jonathan Triminio led a series of surveys with CRC volunteers Brandon, Sara, and University of Belize student Tessa along the New River as part of our ongoing New River Monitoring Project (https://crocodileresearchcoalition.org/save-the-new-river/). These surveys…

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Jingle Bell Croc 2019!

December 30, 2019

The holiday season is the season of giving, and the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) threw in some jolly crocin’ spirit into the season of candy canes, Christmas stockings, and Mariah Carey resurrecting from the abyss (look up this pop culture reference, it will definitely give you a laugh).  We started December off with the gift…

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Luke: A New Hope

December 3, 2019

A few days ago, in a river not so far away, Luke was found severely injured and emaciated by the CRC team during a routine nocturnal eyeshine survey of the New River. This special edition of aLoadofCroc is written by CRC Community Researcher Jonathan Triminio, and Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Marisa Tellez, and tells…

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Wading into Conservation with the CRC

November 29, 2019

“Rachel McWilliam was part of the CRC Intern Apprenticeship program for one month mid-2019. Like most internship experiences, Rachel’s experience to various parts of the country, wading through mangrove and mud for surveys, and conducting community outreach.  Find out more about her experiences in the following testimonial.” It is hard to find the words to…

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“If you build it, they will come.”

November 25, 2019

This month’s ALoadofCroc is written by CRC’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Marisa Tellez as she discusses CRC’s next big step in local conservation and management- obtaining 25 acres for the CRC Research, Rehab and Environmental Science Center!   I’ll give you the short version:  I fell in love with apex predators at 5yrs old, at…

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Crocin’ around the Clock- CROCtober 2019

October 28, 2019

CRC celebrates CROCtober 2019 with A Load of Croc! This CROCtober at the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC), we brought you 31 days of crocodile awareness in Belize! We joined other great partners in conservation efforts aimed at preserving Belize’s unique wildlife and ecosystems. We kicked off the month with a fun day of learning at…

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Droning in about Drones

September 5, 2019

This month’s A Load Of Croc is written by Matthew Sparks, M.S.c., a drone specialist from Wales, United Kingdom who as assisted the CRC in setting up a research project surveying the manatee and crocs of the Placencia Lagoon using drone technology. I’ve spent the last 6 months of my time with the Crocodile Research…

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