Written by: Sandytito Posted on June 24, 2004 at 1:20 pm
On Friday June 18, 2004, a female crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) was brought from the town of Guardia (Liberia, Guanacaste).Our new inhabitant arrived at the Wildlife Rescue Centera a victim of a repossession that was carried out by the MINAE in a tourist center of the area.
In technical terms, this female is catalogued as an F1 specimen. This means that it is an animal born in captivity, within a breeding program. This type of program was very popular with reptiles and was driven by the MINAE for a couple of decades with the aim of recovering the populations of some species that were decimated by hunting and loss of habitat. Many of the animals that were born were released into protected areas.
The female, who responds to the name “Wendelina”, measures to almost 3 meters in length, is 12 years old, and weighs more than 100 kilograms. Wendelina has spent all of her life in captivity and was born apart from wild animals within a breeding program, as stated previously.
Wendelina was released into her new home, which is much more natural than what was known to her until that time. She displayed an extremely aggressive and overweight appearance due to excessive noise and overfeeding.
We invite you to admire this very beautiful specimen in a place with enough water and vegetation, and 400 square meters for her to wander around. We hope this will help her well-being and recovery.