The Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL), in collaboration with Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has completed the successful release of seven slender-snouted crocodiles and two rock-faced pythons (snakes) within the Gola Forest National Park (GFNP). As you may be aware crocodiles are critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, thus protecting them from being killed, harmed, and held in captivity is a necessity.
The release began with a preliminary habitat assessment by a team of SCNL researchers within the GFNP. During the assessment, parameters considered critical to release include distance from the community, persistent freshwater sources, and water bodies containing enough food (fish) among others. “We are happy for the smooth collaboration with our partners that led to the successful release of the species back into the wild,” SCNL head of Science and Conservation, Mr. Dickarmien A. Deemie said. Liberia’s oldest conservation institution will continue working with partners to ensure the forests, animals, and the environment are protected.