Crocodile Conservation and Awareness Through Art

Project Info

Project Description

Conservation awareness of crocodilians and their habitat doesn’t have to be just
through research and presentations.  The CRC believes there are various avenues in
which you can get the conservation message across, such as through the world of
art.  We developed the Crocodile Conservation and Awareness through Art Program
(CCAAP), in which we have connected with various artists native to Central America.
These local artists have become the new voices of crocodile conservation in their
community by showcasing their art in the form of paintings or sculptures of
crocodiles.  In the creation or selling of any crocodile art pieces, they educate the
local community or tourists.  CCAAP intends to internationally expose these local
artists to further assist their income, while simultaneously assisting the CRC as 10%
of art pieces sold goes back to our conservation efforts.



Mr. Roberto “Alan” Zetina is a Belizean wood-maker and sculptor currently residing on Ambergris Caye, Belize.  As he told the CRC with much pride and joy, “I’m 100% Belizean!” His apprenticeship and interest as a wood sculptor began about 10 years ago and lasted for about 3 years.  Now solo, he uses aged, dry wood such as Rose Wood, Iron Wood, and Mahogany to make beautiful pieces of art.  He is a visionary, and can create anything you can imagine.  Alan is excited to be part of the CCAAP program and to become a new local voice for the crocodiles!


Started in May of 2005 with my eldest brother Rudy Neal, a naturalist by training and trade who worked at one of Belize’s first natural history centers, the award winning Chaa Creek Resort+Spa. Joining him on summer jobs, as the educator of the butterfly farm, we began using the wings for our artwork-the only of its kind in Belize C.A. It is very important to note that all specimens used are harvested in an ecologically friendly and legal way. It is now through our biggest supplier Green Hills Butterfly Farm in the Cayo District that through hard work and dedication I have managed to earn my living as the owner of this small business, in the strive to make it a big one some day. Business Name: Iry’s Butterfly Art (Belize) Owner/Artist: Baron Neal Email: Phone #:627-0392 or 664-8169 Many thanks to my supporters: keep on the watch for new cycles!

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