Although a rise in Covid-19 introduced curfew and various restrictions that once again suspended much of CRC’s research and outreach during August, that didn’t stop us or slow us down one bit! August was full of excitement and adventure!
CRC made history by breaking ground on the CRC land, creating captive and rehab crocodile enclosures. With the help of some community members, the CRC was able to finish the first rehab enclosure known as Endor, a rehab enclosure for small subadult or juvenile crocs. And within a day of completion, Endor made history with its 1st rehab croc known as Pig Pen. Pig Pen is a juvenile Morelet’s crocodile currently under observation from signs of chronic pollution. Back in July, the CRC responded to the concerns of Belize Sugar Industry (BSI) in Orange Walk District that a croc was stuck in a stinky water tank. The CRC team rescued the croc, nicknamed Pig Pen given its “stinky” home it was found, and taken to the zoo for a period of time and then finally to Belize Wildlife Referral & Clinic for a check-up. As with most crocs exposed to heavy metal pollution, all they need is clean water, a clean diet, with a stress-free environment and hopefully Pig Pen will be released back into the wild in no-time!
Furthering Experience in Wildlife Triage
Our CRC Program Coordinator Darcy Ucles volunteered her time at Belize Wildlife Referral & Clinic. “My passion for wildlife is like wanting candy as a child. While volunteering at the clinic, I helped in the general routine of the clinic. I was taught how to feed Margo, a Boa Constrictor with a head trauma that can’t go back to the wild and every three hours I had to feed a baby opossum. Most of these animals are orphans, their mama either got hit by a vehicle or they were taken from the wild to be put in the illegal pet trade. As a Belizean conservationist, I advise that we start caring for these animals because believe it or not they have a lot to contribute to the ecosystem and us crazy humans!”
Sinking your teeth into conservation- virtually!
CRC co-founder and Executive Director Dr. Marisa Tellez gave a virtual presentation about crocodiles in Belize, highlighting our project monitoring the American crocodile and Antillean manatee in the Placencia Lagoon utilizing drone technology via the New England Aquarium’s Facebook Page. Through the Marine Conservation Action Fund, New England Aquarium is one of the funders for our research in the Placencia Lagoon. Check out the talk here!
CRC publishes 2 scientific articles!
Some say August is like Sunday, a last stand for summer. Well, as many would exclaim #sundayfunday, we celebrated and had our Sunday Funday with the release of 2 scientific publications within a week of each other! One article was the 1st publication of parasitism documented in the Antillean manatee in Belize, and the other about how anthropogenic disturbances can affect the acoustic of American crocodiles in Belize. Check out the 2 articles below!
Lucot, M., M. Tellez, and D. Viveros (2020) Case report on helminth parasites of necropsied Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Belize. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports 21: 100446 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vprsr.2020.100446).
Boucher, M., M. Tellez and J.T. Anderson (2020) Differences in distress: variance and production of American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) distress calls in Belize. Ecology and Evolution 0: 1-11.