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 abundance of wildlife which includes jaguar, tapir, various raptors, as well as prime habitat for crocodile nesting and manatee breeding. This was all made possible through the partnership with Chris Dieter from Crocodile Encounter in Texas, USA, and Ryan Blakely. Through their assistance, the CRC made the first giant step in their vision of creating the CRC Research, Rehabilitation, and Environmental Science Center.
Our plan is to restore part of the forest that was lost due to previous development and develop only 5 acres for the facility. Additionally, we will have access to another 35 acres and right of first refusal, which can lead to managing a total of 60 acres one day. The current CRC land is surrounded by private land and reserves whose owners have dedicated in securing undeveloped land for both flora and fauna. The acquisition of our land provides further security for some of the endangered wildlife in the area, providing a missing piece to a biological corridor on the western side of the Placencia Lagoon.
The full vision of the CRC facility will include the following:
The CRC is very excited in this huge leap towards conservation efforts and long-term sustainable management of the Placencia Lagoon as the lagoon is a unique treasure- from crocs to manatee, from sea turtles to a potential pupping ground for sharks, in additional to supporting a migration of cownose rays as well as migratory birds, the CRC hopes that are facility can educate residents and visitors alike, inspiring a feeling of pride and stewardship to protect nature near and afar for both wildlife and communities.
Progress Update on CRC Center:
The financial constraints posed by Covid has slowed down the progress of infrastructure at the CRC facility. We will be working with our partners Crocodile Encounter to move forward on obtaining the necessary finances to create a facility within the first 6 months of 2022.