Indigo Expeditions conduct crocodile research at Las Guacamayas, as part of our work in the Laguna del Tigre National Park, Guatemala.
Indigo Expeditions is collaborating with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, National Reptile Zoo, and CONAP to monitor the populations of Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) and Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii) in the San Pedro and Sacluc rivers, in Laguna del Tigre National Park.
The Research is based at Las Guacamayas where we carry out research alongside turtle and crocodile experts, in order to assess the status of both these species of endangered reptiles. Both crocodiles and turtles suffer from hunting pressure and habitat degradation.
Observational studies started in 2015 to collect long term population data in conjunction with water quality monitoring. The research directly contributes to studies on the Central American River Turtle “Species Recovery Plan” for Guatemala, and the range wide population status assessment of Morelet’s crocodile.
First Published 9 February 2015