SUMMER CROCFEST 2015 RAISES $US23,000 FOR GHARIALS. Summer CrocFest 2015 took place on 27 June 2015, at the Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead, Florida, USA, near the entrance to the world famous Everglades National Park. The event attracted 150 supporters and raised $US23,000 for Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) research. Proceeds are being directed to the continued efforts of Dr. Jeff Lang, the Senior Scientific Advisor for the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and the Gharial Conservation Alliance. Thanks to the generosity of private and corporate sponsors and zoos, over the last 6 years CrocFests have raised over $US140,000 for endangered crocodilians.
At CrocFest, organizors announced the creation of the Ralf Sommerlad Crocodile Conservation Award, in honor or Ralf Sommerlad, who passed away recently. See following article for details on the award.
RALF SOMMERLAD CROCODILE CONSERVATION AWARD ESTABLISHED BY CROCFEST. The organizers of CrocFest are pleased to formally announce the recipient of the inaugural Ralf Sommerlad Crocodile Conservation Award: Virginia Aquarium (Mark Swingle and Chip Harshaw). This prestigious award was created by CrocFest organizers following the untimely death of our friend and colleague, Ralf Sommerlad, in June this year. The award was presented at Christmas CrocFest 2015 (5 December 2015)
Colette Adams, Curt Harbsmeier, Shawn Heflick and Flavio Morrissiey, CrocFest organisors.
Christmas CrocFest 2015, held at Crocodile Manor (Shawn Heflick’s home) in Palm Bay, Florida, USA, on 5 December 2015. Some 150 attendees, as well as many other sponsors and supporters, helped raise over $US34,000 for the African slender-snouted crocodile, Mecistops cataphractus (conservation work conducted by Dr. Matt Shirley).