2017 has been a non-stop year for the CRC, filled with great people, good work, and some grand adventures. Rounding out our year, the CRC participated in an Environmental Awareness day at Nazarene High School in Belize City early December. The CRC was present alongside Oceana, The Belize Audubon Society, and Belize Vector and Ecology Center. We engaged High School students and answered questions about crocodiles as well as the importance of community environmental stewardship in preserving people and wildlife. It was a non-stop day, and we are looking forward to working more with Nazarene High School to continue to educate their students and potentially provide opportunities for students to get more hands on with wildlife conservation.
December was also a month for an unforgettable rescue. We also had a very non-conventional rescue this month as well. During a morning dog walk, Miriam spotted an unlikely animal up on the power line. A Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine had gotten himself stranded on a high voltage power line. After almost 6 hours of monitoring the situation and calling the power company, we were able to safely get the porcupine off the powerline. Lucky for him the wildlife vet was in town for a marathon and was able to take him for a little rest and recovery before he was released back in the wild. Wildlife rescues are always a little stressful but as December’s rescues have shown, a little action can have some great positive outcomes for animals in need.
With 2017 over we are moving full steam ahead into 2018 and are so excited for the activities and projects coming up this year. We also want to extend our gratitude and thanks to all those who have supported, followed, or joined us in the past year. As always, conservation is a team effort and the work we do is never possible without the help of others. Happy New Year, and all the best for this bright new year ahead of us.