Friday, April 24, 2009

Be Kind Belize Program visits SAGA

Colette Kase

The students from Teacher Helen and Tara's class had the great opportunity to visit SAGA this afternoon as part of their Be Kind Belize workshop participation.

While at SAGA, the students got to listen to Jambo's, Veterinarian Laurie's best friend, heart beat, get informed as to the requirements to become a vet, the cost incurred when caring for a pet, and the care that they need.

Be Kind Belize has been developed by Colette Kase, a resident of San Pedro, who worked in the field of animal welfare and education for most of her career in the UK. She designed the programme to compliment the Belize National Curriculum, enabling schools to take part while fulfilling their educational obligations.

Colette Kase says, “The children of San Pedro are so bright and enthusiastic and they just seem to be so excited about learning how to protect the environment and save it for generations to come. But we don’t just teach about the environment - Be Kind Belize teaches children to be kind to themselves, kind to others and kind to animals. The workshops are fun and interactive and the kids have a great time participating, making teaching and learning a wonderful experience.”

Some of pets available for adoption at SAGA:

At ACES, our crocs travel in style

from Cherie Chenot-Rose and Vincent Rose of ACESGruff is an adult male Morelet (Crocodylus moreletii) almost seven feet long living in a man-made canal in Ladyville just outside of Belize City. After several citizens called Belize Forest Department (BFD) worried about how closely the croc was approaching them, ACES was called in to assess the situation. A three hour drive later, our suspicions were confirmed that the croc was indeed being fed by humans....humans? What's a human? Delicious and notorious and tastes just like chicken!
After several hours of net setting while two crocs watched us eagerly smelling the chicken we had for bait, we left the site. Only to return later that night to find a croc sitting at the mouth of the net. As of 9am the next morning, still no croc in the net. We drove back to PG (spotting many Jabiru Storks on the way) to take care of our pot-lickers. At 7 am the very next day, the call came that we had a croc in the net...of course we back into the car for a 3 hr drive back up north. This trip we spotted two Picary (wild pigs) on coastal highway, which by the way is no where near the coast, but extremely bumpy and unpaved. Yes indeed the croc was still contained. We wrangled the croc out of the net growling and squirming and secured him for the long ride back to ACES. He was named Gruff due to the low growling noises he made continuously throughout his capture and the fact that he was and is very surly! So we all buckled up and sped home for a safe release. One more croc saved from eminent death. The alternative for problem reptiles like Gruff here in Belize is a shotgun.
Thanks for all the great responses to our donation situation and several of you may play a closer role in ACES's croc-crusade in the near future. Currently, we have a NPO already in place that is willing to help and we hope soon to reveal where to donate to for a tax deductible donation. Those who do not need a tax deduction, feel free to help directly to ACES. No amount is too small. We still need to complete the boardwalk between the croc viewing pens and put up hand rails for visitors safety. Thanks for your support and Helping to Take a Bite Out of Extinction!

ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
Marine Biologist Cherie Chenot-Rose
Water Hole Road, Forest Home
PO Box 108, Punta Gorda, Toledo
Belize, Central America
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Pictures courtesy of ACES

ACCC and Lions commit to work together for the PolyClinic

Lions Melanie Paz and Baldemar Graniel, who also sit as Directors for the PolyClinic II, joined the Chamber for their regular Thursday luncheon to bring to light the issues surrounding the needs of the PolyClinic. Chief amongst the needs of the Polyclinic are proper staff, security, and more emergency care. As Lion Mel pointed out, government had agreed to work with the Lions to get the needs of the PolyClinic met based upon a contract signed between the two. As such, regular meetings are held between directors and the Lions who are committed to assisting in any which way to have all the needs met.
“What we are lacking the most of right now are Human Resources,” commented Lion Mel. As such, the biggest problem is housing. Currently, the Lions are working on securing donations which would assist in paying the $600 a month apartment for a nurse currently working at the PolyClinic. Should you want to offer any financial assistance kindly get in contact with Lion Mel.
ACCC stated to Lions that they are willing to help in any way possible. Lions explained that all decisions need to go through the Board of Directors at the PolyClinic but that Lions Mel and Baldemar would act as liaisons between ACCC and the PolyClinic. Together the two ended with a commitment to work together to see what are the best ways to move the clinic forward.