Crocs Rock

Posted By: Marty

Crocs Rock - 11/27/08 08:43 PM

Croc Talk on 11th of December
7pm, Sunbreeze Hotel Conference Room

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Everyone who lives on San Pedro has a crocodile tale to tell, but very few know quite as much about our neighbours, the American Crocodile, than crocodile expert Marisa Tellez. The fascinating, frightening and ferocious American Crocodile is endangered in most of North, Central and South America, so we, in Belize, are incredibly privileged to have a healthy population to protect and preserve.

Unfortunately, human activities are slowly encroaching upon the natural territory of this prehistoric predator and unless we understand how to live safely alongside the American Crocodile, conflicts and accidents are inevitable. Scientists are carefully studying the American Crocodile as they have the most powerful immune system on the planet and may hold answers to some of our most difficult medical challenges such as AIDS.

Tourists who come to San Pedro are often excited to hear that they can see crocodiles and find themselves attending crocodile feedings, which are both illegal and dangerous and not just dangerous for the bystanders. Crocodiles that have been recently relocated from San Pedro to a specialist crocodile sanctuary run by (ACES) American Crocodile Endangered Sanctuary have been found to have been intentionally abused and injured by humans as well as suffering from serious infections. This suggests that living so closely to humans may not be in the best interests of crocodiles unless we can learn how to protect and respect these magnificent and ancient creatures.
Marisa has spent a great deal of time in Belize studying the crocodile population and is coming back to San Pedro for a second time to help raise awareness and provide information about why the American Crocodile is so important to San Pedro and why we need to do everything we can to conserve the species. She will be doing a number of talks at local schools as well as a larger event aimed at those who are interested in the general public and those who deal with tourists on a regular basis. Nothing impresses tourists more than having a wealth of up to date information on the local flora and fauna of San Pedro.

On the 11th of December at 7pm, Marisa Tellez from the UCLA, will be speaking at the conference room at the Sunbreeze Hotel, who have kindly donated the space for this purpose. This talk is free. It is also extremely entertaining. Marisa is an excellent speaker and her enthusiasm for crocodiles is hugely infectious. If you would like more information about this talk or if you would like to arrange to have Marisa visit your school, please contact Colette Kase on 624 8251.

Posted By: Mopar Lady

Re: Crocs Rock - 11/30/08 08:48 PM

We were in San Pedro last week and heard about the crocs. We drove golfcart to lagoon about dusk and were immediately talked to by some local kids about their croc show. We thought we were helping out the kids so we purchased their required "frozen chicken" and they proceeded to put on their show. They enticed the croc out of the water and sat on its back for photos. We didn't know it was illegal or did harm to croc.
Posted By: sneaky

Re: Crocs Rock - 11/30/08 09:04 PM

Posted By: collyk

Re: Crocs Rock - 11/30/08 10:29 PM

Two very good reasons why we need to learn as much as we can about these amazing creatures and how to protect them for the future.
Posted By: sneaky

Re: Crocs Rock - 11/30/08 11:32 PM

dont you mean....''from '' the future?
Posted By: collyk

Re: Crocs Rock - 12/01/08 03:05 PM

Very good point.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Crocs Rock - 12/11/08 04:28 PM

Posted By: NYgal

Re: Crocs Rock - 12/12/08 02:12 PM

bump bump smile
Posted By: tacogirl

Re: Crocs Rock - 12/13/08 04:41 PM

We went to the Croc talk and was very informative.

Hopefully this group will help put a stop to the feeding of crocs chicken which is poisonous to them.

Posted By: collyk

Re: Crocs Rock - 12/13/08 05:02 PM

It appears that crocs, do indeed, rock. Great talk. Big thanks to Marisa Tellez and ACES American Crocodile Endangered Sanctuary for all they are doing to help the crocs of Ambergris Caye.
Posted By: shuffles

Re: Crocs Rock - 12/13/08 09:31 PM

Agreed, she is very informative, and the work done by ACES is wonderful....would be nice to have the same sort of establishment here, but understand from talking with them that it is a fairly long complicated process.
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