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Photo Release: ‘Croc Whisperer’ Transforms Attitudes about Jamaica’s Largest Predator by Getting Up Close and Personal

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Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) changed its name to Re:wild in 2021

New GWC-Supported Crocodile Sanctuary in Jamaica’s Holland Bay Aims to Help Ensure Recovery of Vilified Endangered Species

Croc whisperer with baby crocodile

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July 10, 2019

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Caption: Lawrence Henriques, known nationally in Jamaica as the “croc whisper,” smiles adoringly at a baby Jamaican crocodile—a species that has appeared on Jamaica’s national coat of arms since 1661, but that has been nearly extirpated from the island over the last decade. A Jamaican native who has devoted his life to protecting the reptiles since the early 1980s, Henriques has built his reputation on developing close relationships with individual crocodiles, getting to know their personalities. With fewer than 700 crocodiles left in the country, Henriques is trying to change the attitudes and behaviors that have driven the species to near-extinction: poaching and habitat destruction.

[READ BLOG POST ABOUT GWC’S RECENT VISIT TO THE SANCTUARY]

Global Wildlife Conservation has partnered with Henriques, the IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group and the Jones Family to establish the new Holland Bay Crocodile Sanctuary in Jamaica, a nearly 40,000-square-foot sanctuary nestled in a nationally designated protected area. Seventy-eight crocodiles currently live at the sanctuary, which is set to become the official rescue and rehabilitation center for the Jamaican crocodile, and a facility for conservation breeding, with the goal of providing offspring for the eventual reintroduction of the species into the wild. This project is made possible thanks to the support of the Sheth Sangreal Foundation and Andrew Sabin Family Foundation.

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Global Wildlife Conservation

GWC conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. We maximize our impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation. GWC has protected more than 350,000 acres of key habitat in the world’s biodiversity hotspots, protected habitat for more than 150 threatened species and for more than 17,000 other species to prevent them from becoming threatened in the future. Learn more at http://globalwildlife.org

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Global Wildlife Conservation

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