My two week research trip has now come to an end in Belize. This was one of my most successful trips so far collecting the parasite data needed, and its all thanks to the Chicago Zoological Society Conservation fund. Rest of the funding will go towards a trip to Guatemala at the end of summer. Not only did I get great croc-parasite data, and obtain croc population info of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and around Belize City, I got to work with old friends from ACES, and meet and help train future researchers and work with other croc lovers. Long nights of croc “hunting” and trapping, stomach flushing, getting muddy, smelling like croc puke… yeah it was awesome! And to top it all off, the research part of the trip ended in San Ignacio with the Belize Wildlife Exotic Vet, Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand, diagnosing parasites and parasite eggs she found from a croc. Dr. Isabelle is another amazing woman in Belize, and is doing some great things over here.
So how do I end a great trip in Belize? By relaxing by a pool, sipping on a panty rippa, and laughing with my undergrad, Helen Sung, about all the adventures and great people we met and mingled with this trip. All I know is that the data I collected was amazing and goes with some of the theories I have, so stay tuned! There is some exciting science coming soon!!!