In collaboration with FAMRACC and Ocean Academy on Caye Caulker, we have started a student led monitoring program of the American Crocodile population to assess the stability of the population via eyeshine surveys, that will soon become a tour starting in June 2017 (the price of the tours will go towards FAMRACC and CRC collaborative efforts in protecting crocodile habitat on Caye Caulker, as well to help pay for the students’ tuition). The principal idea of Next Gen Croc is to foster the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts and advocates, while also assisting students build a strong foundation in scientific research.
Students from Ocean Academy have been mentored about the basic biology of American crocodiles as well as how to perform a basic eyeshine population survey. At the end of the school year, CRC will analyze data with Next Gen Croc students and help the students write-up a annual report for the Belize Forest Department. The information gathered during their monthly surveys will be kept in an ongoing database and used to monitor the stability of the population, and assist the CRC, FAMRACC, and the Belize Forest Department to manage the crocodiles and mitigate human-crocodile conflict.
location scouting with FAMRACC.