Posts by Sobek13

The Chronicles of Chiquibul, Part I

Chiquibul Forest… the largest protected area in Belize.  A pristine forest harboring many of Belize’s majestic creatures such as Scarlet Macaws, Tapir, Kinkajous, Jaguars, and my favorite- Morelet’s Crocodile.  About 20 years ago, a survey of Morelet’s was conducted on the Macal River, but since then, the demographics, size, and stability of this crocodile species has…

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Celebrating Easter with A Load of Croc

For the past 3 years, my Easters have consisted of croc research and this year was no different.  But this year croc’s research was a bit more special as the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) initiated a program to inspire the younger generation of wildlife conservationists and enthusiasts.   Handling several pieces of equipment and supplies…

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Imagine A World Without Wildlife…

  Imagine a world without wildlife… no birds singing their songs in the morning, no exciting glimpse of a jaguar while hiking in the rain forest,no sighting of a rare sea turtle while snorkeling, no dolphins jumping and playing amongst the ocean current and waves… Instead you get dead silence.  Instead of a luscious canopy of…

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Crocodile Research Coalition’s Debut on Terra X

In January, the Crocodile Research Coalition in conjunction with my research in Belize was filmed by German Wildlife TV show, Terra X.  Here is a sneak preview of our debut on Feb 20th! Der Drecksjob Dirk Steffens sucht mit Forschern und Forscherinnen in den Mangrovensümpfen an der Küste von Belize nach Krokodilen. Ein ganz schön schmutziger Job,…

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Coffee talk at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge

It’s been one hell of a research day!  Instead of taking the Coastal Water Taxi, Miriam and I decided to golf cart to the most northern location site for my study on the east side of Ambergris Caye.  We’ve done this route before, and is probably one of our favorite research sites- full of various raptors,…

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The Future Environmental Heroes of Belize

My research on Ambergris Caye, Belize is coming to an end.  I have been performing my postdoc field research since April 2015- examining parasitism and biodiversity of the wildlife within crocodilian habitat in Belize.  This research involves eco-toxicology, eco-parasitology, community ecology, translational ecology (utilizing the data for conservation management) pure organismal knowledge, and of course- all…

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Wish List For Belize Morelet’s Croc Research

In collaboration with a new, developing non-profit organization (full name will be announced shortly) that will focus on the conservation, research and education of crocodilian researchers, and organizations and governments of Central America and the Caribbean, I am currently working on finding funds to implement a Nationwide Morelet’s Population Survey. The Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii)…

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Bird Haven at the Sewage Ponds

There was a buzz of wildlife as the sun set over the horizon beyond the mangrove trees. The crocodiles were lazily swimming along, frogs were croaking, and the fish fry were jumping. The birds were particularly active, swooping in the air to catch that last bit of dinner before night falls and the rain creeps…

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Help Save the Crocs- Honduras Croc Petition

If you haven’t heard by now, Honduras is having a crocodile crisis.  Cocodrilo Continental has shut down its doors to an allegation that the farm was laundering drug money by the US, and now 9,000 crocodiles along with other animals are suffering from lack of food and other basic husbandry needs.  And let’s not forget…

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Drug Money’s Impact on Honduras Crocodiles

As the Vice Regional Chair of the IUCN/SSC-Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) of Latin America, I am constantly reaching out to various organizations and researchers throughout Central America and the Caribbean to be updated about any news crocodilian.  In the last week, I unfortunately was notified by a colleague in Honduras, as well as an organization,…

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