VNC’s Charotar Crocodile Count born in 2013 is designed to bring together a diverse set of participants and indulge them in monitoring Mugger crocodiles in the Charotar region of Gujarat, and let them understand the importance of muggers and wetlands in the present-day conservation scenario. This voluntary-based initiative while helping us to gain a better understanding of crocodile’s status and distribution across the Charotar region and providing participants an opportunity to meet people who live alongside crocodiles, also aims to build an understanding of the subject amongst the participants.
While primarily focusing on creating a baseline of status and distribution of mugger crocodiles in Charotar, this program also aims to build awareness on the importance of conserving crocodile and their habitats and to inculcate a holistic understanding of the human-crocodile relations amongst the participants.
• Charotar Crocodile Count provides an ideal opportunity to firsthand observe the crocodiles in wild, co-existing alongside humans without much conflict.
• The programs also provide participants an opportunity to meet the local people who live alongside crocodiles and understand why Charotar’s people love crocodiles.
• Participants learn various tools for monitoring crocodiles and their habitat.
No prior knowledge is required.