CrocFest 2017 to Benefit the Cuban Crocodile

Jun 23, 2017
On the Web
by Editor in Chief

On the Web - The organizers of CrocFest are proud to announce that Summer CrocFest 2017 will take place on Saturday, 24 June 2017, at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, Florida.

The beneficiary will be the Cuban crocodile, Crocodylus rhombifer, in Zapata Swamp, Cuba. A comprehensive conservation project has been proposed by Natalia Rossi, PhD, with WCS, Frank Mazzotti, PhD, with UF FLREC (the Croc Docs!), and Toby Ramos and Rey Estrada in Cuba. Toby is among the foremost leading Cuban croc experts in the world! Their project involves reintroductions and monitoring of captive produced C. rhombifer to bolster the population, into safe, remote areas of Zapata Swamp where there are no people. Efforts will be made to minimize/prevent hybridization with C. acutus as the proposed release areas are less suitable for C. acutus. Further, the reintroduced animals will be monitored to determine how they adjust to their new environment. In addition, the issue of poaching will be studied and led by Rey – expert in biodiversity conservation and long involved in crocodile conservation in Zapata Swamp – to determine the best strategy to combat this threat. Finally, a campaign will be re-initiated to raise public awareness about the conservation of this critically endangered, charismatic species.

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