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By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, March 13) — Two Australian experts are here to assess Palau’s efforts on managing crocodiles.

"We belong to a non-government organization that deals with taking care of the crocodiles. We assist other countries on how to properly take care of the species," said Charlie Manolis, chief scientist of the Wildlife Management International Property Ltd.

Manolis and Tom Dacey, executive officer of the Crocodile Specialist Group, briefed reporters on Tuesday in the office of Minister of Resources and Development Fritz Koshiba.

Also present were Bureau of Marine Resources Director Theo Isamu, crocodile program coordinator Joshua Eberdong and assistant Sarah Klain.

Manolis said their group provides funding and advice on crocodile management.

"We are here to see what’s happening or what the government is doing and we would like to help them improve their programs," he said.

The two experts will gather information on crocodiles and what Palau wants to achieve in its management of these reptiles.

"We provide reports and recommendations," Manolis said.

He said public education is important because management of crocodile involves the people.

He added that their group wants to let the people know the benefits of managing crocodiles.

March 13, 2006

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