Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020. 10:02 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Annually, June 17 is celebrated as World Wide Crocodile Day.
The day is set aside as a global awareness campaign to highlight the plight of endangered crocodiles and alligators around the world.
The American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) issued a statement sharing more about these amazing animals.
Crocodiles have roamed this planet for millions of years, pre-dating man and even dinosaurs.
Some of the earliest and most advanced civilizations of the world worshipped these magnificent beings as deities and gods, including the ancient Maya in our little corner of the globe.
Crocodiles were associated with the Maya elite, as well as with the god Itzamna, considered to be the father of the universe whose mask is carved into Lamanai, a whole city itself named “submerged crocodile.”
“Mayan myth and ancient art depicted the entirety of life on Earth existing on the back of a crocodile. Eric Thompson, a Mesoamerican Archeologist, found that the maya believed that the world rested on the thorax of a huge caiman or alligator, and this, in turn, floated on a vast lagoon,” ACES noted.
There is indeed a deep relationship with crocodilians between the ancient Maya, heaven, earth and the underworld, and we are truly blessed to be able to work with such wondrous predators who are so profoundly connected to the history of our planet.
ACES thanks the public for their continued support in our conservation efforts.
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