EDUCATION

Outreach Highlight of the Month:

On Friday, March 13th, The Crocodile Research Coalition had the honor to attend the Reef Week outreach program at Placencia Village. We commemorate Reef Week to raise awareness on the importance of the Mesoamerican Reef on our economy, environment and Belizean culture. Although the reef itself is out of our jurisdiction, we are actively involved in the conservation of mangrove habitats which is key to ensuring a healthy and robust reef system which therefore provides a myriad of benefits for the Belizean society.

 

In addition to being a phenomenal nesting and breeding habitat for countless marine species and birds, mangroves act as a natural filtration system that and trap sediments, heavy metals, and other pollutants that would otherwise suffocate the reef as well as being remarkable carbon storage. Without mangroves, our seas would have no value. Hence, our goal was to educate the general public on the importance of mangrove forests, especially the children as to foster a generation of young environmental stewards.

Project Description

“Conservation is just not about wildlife, it’s about people.”
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A common quote stated by Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Marisa Tellez, working alongside communities and taking the time to educate about crocodiles is part of the core work of the CRC as the success of any conservation program parallels the involvement and support of local communities. At least once per month, the CRC engages with communities through various educational outreach opportunities to educate about crocodilians, their habitat, and other wildlife, and reciprocally, the CRC receives and learns about some wonderful historical and cultural data about communities and crocodiles!
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The CRC is ready to participate at any school or community event with our educational games, and interactive activities and discussions to further our mission in educating individuals and communities about the wonderful world of crocodiles, as well as the Do’s and Don’ts living alongside crocodiles. Please contact us if you would like CRC to be at your next academic or community event, and thanks to Skype we can set foot in any classroom around the world!

Educational Material

Want to learn about what crocodiles eat? What two species of crocodiles live in Belize? Can we coexist with crocodiles?

Education is a powerful tool in furthering conservation. And it is not just education about why these animals are important for the ecosystem- it’s understanding the rich cultural aspect of wildlife in communities, such as how the ancient Maya civilization believed crocodiles were the only animals that connected the heavens, the earth, and the underworld. It’s understanding that much of human-crocodile conflict is usually initiated by humans (through feeding or harassment, or encroaching on their habitat). It’s understanding that conservation of wildlife also incorporates the role of becoming proper stewards of the environment and having empathy towards all living creatures.

Enjoy the various educational tools the CRC has to offer and make sure to check in as we continue to grow our education material!

Croc Facts & Information

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