My name is Brandon Sideleau and I am a crocodile specialist currently based in Thousand Oaks, California. I am the co-creator of CrocBITE, the worldwide crocodilian attack database, and I have been working in the field of human-crocodile conflict mitigation and management since I began the database in 2010. The Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara has experienced very high levels of human-crocodile conflict and so far in 2016 there have been reports of 16 attacks on humans resulting in 11 deaths. In the summer of 2015 I, along with Dr. Adam Britton of Big Gecko, visited Kupang, West Timor (in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia) to help the local wildlife officials with human-crocodile conflict management, mitigation and education. The program was a great success, but help collecting data and providing education is still needed throughout the remainder of East Nusa Tenggara province. We have been informed that it is likely a significant number of human-crocodile conflict incidents go unreported every year on the islands of Sumba, Lembata and Flores. This is where you come in- the money earned here will be used to conduct human-crocodile conflict surveys on these islands, provide crocodile safety education classes in villages and gain a better understanding of the current status of the saltwater crocodile on these islands, as very little is currently known. I am hoping to acquire the necessary funds by April 2017 in order to have time to plan for the project to be conducted in July 2017. Every dollar you provide will help us better understand the status of saltwater crocodiles in East Nusa Tenggara province and help us work alongside the local wildlife officials in educating the local population about crocodile presence and potential dangers. This work will not only provides us valuable information, it could also potentially save lives.
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