HOW YOU CAN
PLEASE DON'T FEED THE WILDLIFE
The consequences can be deadly
Fed monkeys who have lost their natural fear will come down to the ground around people instead of staying in the trees where they're safe. This makes them far more susceptible to dogs, poachers, cars, and they can be in danger if they become a nuisance to homes or farmers.
These animals have to be removed from the wild and placed in a rehabilitation program. It takes many years for them to be fully rehabilitated and released back into the wild as part of a troop
It can be a thrill to feed the seabirds, to have them swoop down and snatch a fish from between your fingers or to catch it out the air with amazing precision. But birds can't tell the difference between sardines being offered to them, and bait being cast on a hook.
Every year we see dozens of seabirds on Ambergris Caye alone who have been hooked or tangled in fishing gear, most as a result of having been fed.
Some have horrific injuries from which there's no recovery, while others may have to spend months in rehabilitation potentially missing their migration home.
Crocodiles naturally fear people, but fed crocs are
more likely to seek out humans as a food source, attacking pets or consuming garbage that smells like food.
There is nowhere on the island where you can feed
crocodiles without causing harm, and the "wildlife refuge" on the north road behind the restaurants is nothing but wild crocodiles being fed for the purpose of making money. Don't be fooled.
This crocodile from the "wildlife refuge" was found dangerously emaciated and suffering a deadly infection in the remaining half of his tail after a territorial dispute with another crocodile. A dispute that only happened because those crocodiles are living in unnaturally concentrated numbers due to being fed. After the decision to euthanize was made, a necropsy showed 82 plastic bags inside this poor fellas stomach, most of which were chicken bags.
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