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#394850 - 12/15/10 09:20 AM Crocland goes belly up and into receivership  
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National Transport, the second bus company owned by the Novelo brothers, David and Tony, is not the only business to go belly up. Croc Land has also gone into receivership. According to an ad in the newspapers, Arturo Vasquez and Kevin Castillo have been appointed as joint receivers and managers of Belize Crocodiles and Reptiles Breeders Limited of Calle al Mar, Belize City. The business is the parent company of Crocland which is owned by businessman Luke Espat.

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#407448 - 05/10/11 09:50 PM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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Unfortunately the crocs and the other animals, a Jaguar, several parrots, and a forlorn Spider monkey are still at croc land and not doing very well at all. The crocs have very sub standard accommodation, with one being unable to get on to dry land, and one never able to submerge in water as it is only a few inches deep.
One croc is very likely to have to be euthanised as it is in such poor condition.
Unfortunately the Forestry department is going to do nothing about it, probably because croc land is owned by Luke Espat who is 'connected'. It seems the Belize Bank has taken the company into receivership and is also doing zero to alleviate the plight of these animals. In fact they are trying to hold onto them in order to sell or reconstruct crocland as a going concern.
Three species at croc land are all on the IUCN red list of endangered animals (jaguar, Morelets croc, Yellow Head), and yet there is no attempt to breed, to educate, or do anything else with these animals to assist in the species long term survival.
Animals and reptiles do not receive regular veterinary visits, nor are they cared for by anyone with any formal training in their care.
Crocland is a festering Carbuncle on the face of Belize and the species incarcerated there should be immediately put into rehab, or euthanised.

#407472 - 05/11/11 08:27 AM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Rigrat]  
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That's disgusting. I hope you have some leverage, Rig.

#407485 - 05/11/11 09:20 AM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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ugh - how can we intervene or lobby for attention?

#407513 - 05/11/11 01:51 PM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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Rig, Do you know what is the status of the crocodiles and other wildlife at Crocodile Isle near Silkgrass village in Stann Creek district? I thought it had closed, but I see a couple of resorts in Hopkins are still including it as a tour on their current websites.

#407640 - 05/12/11 06:21 PM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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Unfortunately I have just about zero influence to do anything. If Forestry don't want to move, then I cannot do anything. If there was a lot of negative publicity, then there may be a change, but at the moment there is zero.

#407641 - 05/12/11 06:22 PM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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No, I am unaware of anything going on in Silkgrass. I will make a few enquiries.

#407669 - 05/13/11 08:59 AM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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Kaal in ih medja!

#407683 - 05/13/11 10:26 AM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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Perhaps the magnanimous Mr Ashcroft will act as a proper custodian of the creatures while Croc Land is in receivership to his bank.

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#408015 - 05/17/11 05:26 PM Re: Crocland goes belly up and into receivership [Re: Marty]  
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ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary just recently found out about this situation. The Belize Forest Department and Belize Bank are currently addressing the situation and hopefully we will have a solution very soon. I will be sure to keep you informed. This warrants the need of a new ACES facility ASAP. I do hope you all come to the Fundraiser being held at Legends on Saturday May 28th, for crocodile conservation on Ambergris Caye and for the new ACES Educational Eco-Sanctuay in Ladyville. If you can't attend find out how you can help by visiting ACES website
Thank you all for your concern and support.

Cherie Chenot-Rose
ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
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