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SAVE The American Croc Sanctuary

$3,125 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 7 months


On October 4-5, 2017 Tropical Storm Nate hammered Costa Rica causing massive flooding, landslides, chaos, and ultimately a level of destuction never before seen in Costa Rica.  It was truly a 100 year storm. Sadly the American Crocodile Sanctuary of Costa Rica recieved a direct hit.  Dedicated to the conservation of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), and founded by conservation biologist/crocodile specialist Shawn Heflick, the American Crocodile Sanctuary was all but leveled by flood waters, which covered the sanctuary in 10ft of raging water.  Fencing, wells, pumps, pump houses, 95% of the tropical gardens, irrigation lines, massive trees and equipment were all swept away in the ensueing destruction.  Only the Crocodile Education Amphitheater and upper crocodile enclosures remained unscathed.  Years of blood, sweat and tears were ripped away in one horrific evening, and just weeks before we opened to the public.  Over 300,000 plants that had been planted for reforestation are now gone, taking with them an immense amount of new habitat for native wildlife.  What we fought so hard to build now looks like a field of mud and destruction.  Luckily no captive crocodiles were onsite at the time.  Now, a dozen wild crocodiles have moved into the calm waters of our lagoon and are resting away from the chaos.  

Big Wild Bull Croc lounging in our Butterfly Garden.

The destruction is gut wrenching for not only us, but for the potential conservation for this region. 
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Monies raised will be put back into the rebuilding of this facility that is critical to Costa Rica's ever growing conflict between humans and this amazing crocodile species, along with the continuation of our reforestation project and education programs.  EDUCATION IS A KEY COMPONENT TO SUCCESS FOR THESE CROCS!  

These crocodiles not only suffer at the hands of humans directly, but also indirectly due to heavy pollution in the river.
24738998_1516754660.127_funddescription.Wild American Crocodile at the Tarcoles Bridge.  It needs our help!  These crocodiles eat trash and it is killing them!
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We have spent our entire life savings, and then some, on this project to protect these amazing creatures and to educate the surrounding communities and tourists about their importance in this ecosystem.

Please help us continue this dream, our passion, and a-one-of-a-kind conservation project in Costa Rica aimed at saving a spectacular creature that is maligned and sadly misunderstood.  

DONATE TODAY and HELP SAVE these truly amazing animals!  


We want you to get something in return!!   


$5,000 Boss Croc – FOUNDER:

o   Lifetime Membership
o   Free Invitation/Admission for family to Special Events
o   Special Updates
o   Special Behind the Scenes Pictures and Videos throughout the year
o   Pair of Crocodiles named after you or person/name of choice
o   Behind the Scenes Tours
o   Special Privileges
o   Meal with Founder, Shawn Heflick, upon visiting Sanctuary (for 6) per year
o   2 Night stay for 4 people at Volunteer House (must reserve)
o   Plaque in your name
GEAR with Visit:
o   Tee Shirts (4)
o   Hats (4) 
o   Koozies (4)
o   Patches (4)
o   Crocodile Plushie

 
$2,500 Bull Croc- Crocodile Champion:

o   10 yr family Membership
o   Free Invitation/ Admission for family to Special Events
o   Special Updates
o   1 Crocodile named after you or name of choice
o   Behind the Scene Tour
o   Special Privileges
o   Meal with Founder, Shawn Heflick, upon visiting Sanctuary (for 4) per year
o   2 Night stay for 2 people at Volunteer House (must reserve)
o   Plaque in your name
GEAR with Visit:
o   Tee shirts (3)
o   Hats (3)
o   Koozies (3)
o   Patches (3)
o   Crocodile Plushie

 
$1,000 Mother of Crocs - Madre de Cocodrilos:

o   5 yr Family Membership
o   Free Invitation/Admission for family to Special Events
o   Baby Crocodile named after you or name of choice
o   Behind the Scene Tour
o   Plaque in your name
GEAR with Visit:
o   Tee shirts (2)
o   Hats (2)
o   Koozies (2)
o   Patches (2)
o   Crocodile Plushie

 
$500 Loco Cocodrilo:

o   1 Yr Family Membership
o   Free Invitation/Admission for family to Special Events
o   Special Updates
o   Behind scenes tour
o   Plaque in your name
GEAR with Visit:
o   Tee Shirts (2)
o   Hats (2)
o   Koozies (2)
o   Patches (2)
o   Crocodile Plushie


$250 Croc Conservationist:

o   1 yr Family Membership
o   Special Updates
o   Behind Scenes Tour
GEAR with Visit:
o   Tee Shirts (1)
o   Koozies (1)
o   Patch (1)
o   Crocodile Plushie
 

$100  Cool Crocodile:

o   Personal Membership
o   Special Updates
GEAR with Visit:
o   Tee Shirt (1)
o   Koozie (1)
o   Patch (1)
o   Crocodile Plush

 
$50 Hatchling Crocodile:

o   2 Free Entry Passes
o   Special Updates
GEAR with Visit:
o   Koozie (1)
o   Patch (1)


>$50 Good Croc Karma: $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, $45...EVERYTHING HELPS!

o  A HUGE THANK YOU and AWESOME KARMA for  
     the Year!!!!!



 

 

 

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