New Rearing Pond at the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center

Designed to study the reproductive biology and to determine if the Central American River turtle could be bred in captivity, the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center opened in 2014 and was met with immediate success when, in the summer of 2015, the first seven hatchlings emerged. This was followed by five hatchlings in 2016, 84 […]

Land Snail Workshop at BFREE

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Blog, Education, Non-profit | No Comments
The first workshop on the Land Snails of Belize was led by biologists, Dan and Judy Dourson, and took place at the BFREE field station in late February. The workshop’s goal was to give participants an understanding of which snails can be found in southern Belize and to train them to identify land snails with […]

The Bladen Review 2018

The fifth edition of BFREE’s annual magazine is now available in an interactive format online at Issuu! Get the latest news from the field station and learn about exciting research, conservation and education projects taking place in and around the rainforests of Belize.  Highlights of the 2018 magazine include: a quick look back at the year, updates on […]

International Herpetological Symposium 2019 in Belize

Next June, the International Herpetological Symposium (IHS) will held at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.  The mission of the IHS is to provide a forum for the dissemination of information and results of such research pertaining to the natural history, conservation biology, and captive management and propagation of amphibians and reptiles. Each year […]

Professional Development for HCRC Staff

Thomas Pop, Manager of the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center, visited the Cayo District for one week in September to receive training at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC). BWRC offers free training for governmental and non-governmental partners in wildlife conservation issues, rescue and rehabilitation, wildlife husbandry, emergency response and more. Depending on needs […]

Celebrating Belize’s National Treasure – the Hicatee Turtle

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Blog, Education, Hicatee turtles | No Comments
This October, BFREE, Turtle Survival Alliance, and our partners are observing the second annual Hicatee Awareness Month. Throughout the month, activities and events will celebrate the beloved Central American River Turtle – locally known as the Hicatee. This year’s message encourages national pride of this rare and unique species by seeking to establish the Hicatee […]

Bi-annual Hicatee Health Assessments at BFREE

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog, Hicatee turtles, Non-profit | No Comments
A team of veterinarians, zookeepers, researchers, and wildlife enthusiasts traveled to BFREE to perform health assessments on the turtles at the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center.  Our fall health check occurs when females likely have eggs, which allows the team to perform ultrasounds and determine the reproductive status of the turtles.       Day […]

Film Viewings

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog, Education, Hicatee turtles | No Comments
October has been filled with exciting Hicatee events in Belize and in the U.S. We are grateful to our dedicated partners in conservation and education who work tirelessly to ensure that their communities learn the value of protecting Belize’s treasured wildlife. Film viewing events serve audiences of all ages. Activities during events include an introduction […]

Hicatee Images for Facebook!

Want another great way to show your support for turtle conservation during Hicatee Awareness Month? Want to be a #HicateeHero? Use one of these turtley amazing Hicatee images as your Facebook cover photo! It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!   1. Right click one of the images below and save it to your […]

International Turtle Conservation and Biology Symposium

The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) was featured in the 15th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Fresh Water Turtles.  The meeting, which is the largest gathering of non-marine turtle biologists in the world, was held in historic Charleston, South Carolina and attended by over 300 participants. Turtle Survival Center […]