“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, using crocodylians and their habitat as the catalyst for conservation. Our success reflects the drive, the passion, and the commitment of all these people, like our previous Research Coordinator Miriam Boucher who parted with the CRC this past year so she may spread her wings and further her own career in croc conservation. Although she is not in Belize with us anymore, we are lucky enough to have Miriam still supporting us as a Research Associate and still sparking the flame from afar.
From crocs to manatee, to wildlife rescues that included porcupines, iguanas, snakes, to getting out into the field to conduct research for the first conservation and management plans for both species of crocodiles here in Belize, the CRC has had an exciting last year. The CRC Family also grew this year with the addition of Jonathan Triminio (Research Biologist), Darcy Uclez (Program Coordinator) and just recently Jane Champion (Research Coordinator). And what put the icing on the cake was the partnership established between us and Crocodile Encounter in Texas, USA. This partnership has allowed the CRC to move to their goal of creating the CRC Research, Rehab, and Environmental Science Center, establishing the 1st science center/museum in Belize (something modeled after kids science museums in Mexico, Europe, Canada and the US) that will focus on the wonderful ecosystems and wildlife Belize has to offer.
As a little girl I remember watching the Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams, and as we move forward with the CRC Center, in addition to the research and conservation efforts around the Placencia Lagoon and country, the saying “If you build it, they will come” resonates in my head as this not only means visitors coming to the center, but also furthering the awareness of conservation, empathy towards wildlife, and igniting a feeling of stewardship of local flora and fauna amongst everyone.
Enjoy our Year 4 Wrap-Up Video that highlights some of the work conducted by the CRC this past year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQU25EZO5O0
Dr. Marisa Tellez
CRC Co-Founder and Executive Director