The Trust for Sustainable Living is raising funds to create a new exhibit for two Cuvier's dwarf caiman at the Living Rainforest Centre.

Two Cuvier's dwarf caiman are coming to the Living Rainforest!

This cheeky pair were confiscated from the pet trade and for the last 18 months have been living at a zoo in Birmingham.

They are growing fast and running out of space so The Living Rainforest have agreed to take over their care. Dwarf Cuvier’s caiman are relatively rare but available in the UK pet trade, they do not make good pets and many grow up in cramped conditions with poor lighting leading to metabolic bone disease.

We need to raise £15,000 to create a new exhibit for them. Can you help?

At The Living Rainforest we pride ourselves in providing our animals with naturalistic environments where they can exhibit natural behaviours and live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Before they arrive we need to build a new exhibit that will be suitable for them now and once they are fully grown.

These little caimans will reach 1.5m in length and weigh approximately 7–8kg.

Once settled in the caimans will be included in our highly acclaimed educational programme to promote sustainability and learn about rainforest adaptations. We have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom award and have 25,000 school children visit the Rainforest annually.

Make a difference

Please donate to our caiman appeal to help us raise £15,000. This will enable us to create a fantastic new exhibit, and enhance our education programme.

How success will be measured

If the campaign is successful we will have been able to create a comfortable new home for these two engaging caimans.

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  • 10 May 2019

    Training continues...

    This week two of our keepers attended the annual BIAZA reptile and amphibian working group (RAWG) conference at Marwell Zoo. Heres is Abby’s report. We attended a presentation from a Chester zoo keeper on the training that is being done with their false gharial crocodiles, which gave us a good place to start when the caiman arrive at the rainforest. We also spoke to keepers from other collections who implement regular training with their crocodilians, gaining lots of helpful hints and tips for creating our own training programme. The trip was very worthwhile and has left us feeling even more confident and enthusiastic about the arrival of the caiman. We are currently awaiting the results of the compulsory tests needed before animals can be moved, we will then get a date for their arrival!

  • 26 Apr 2019

    Caiman Quarantine is ready!

    Our quarantine facilities are ready to receive the caimans! We are just running it empty for a while to ensure it all works and check environmental conditions are perfect. The caimans will stay in here for a few weeks, how long we can’t say at the moment, it will depend on how well they cope with a big area. Quarantine is a lot bigger than what they have been used to but smaller than their final enclosure, so it will act as a half-way house to get them used to a larger space, so when they do move into their large enclosure it won’t be too much of a shock for them. The keepers are excited about getting to know these fantastic animals and can’t wait for them to arrive. As soon as we have a date we will let you know!!

  • 18 Apr 2019

    Preparing for the caimans' arrival

    The animal department have been busy preparing for the arrival of the caiman. This week we took delivery of an unusual frozen food order consisting of baby mice and fish. This will be the main diet for the caiman, they will also be given live invertebrate food. The quarantine facilities have been completed and are now fitted out with all the required equipment. The caiman will be temporarily housed in quarantine while their enclosure is created. This will give the caiman and animal staff time to get to know one other, learn each other’s quirks and build trust between keeper and animal. We take animal husbandry very seriously at the Living Rainforest and strive to provide our animals with the best care possible.

  • 17 Apr 2019

    Claiming your reward for the Caiman appeal

    Thank you to the kind donor who has pointed out that the amended email for donors wishing to claim an invitation to the launch event or to have their name on the donor board is missing an l. The correct email to use is ruthl@livingrainforest.org Many apologies for the confusion and if you have lost your claim code just contact frances@wildcrowd.org.

  • 15 Apr 2019

    Claiming Your Reward

    Apologies dear donors, we've just spotted a typo in some of the emails that have gone out about how to claim your reward. If you received an email about attending our launch event or having your name inscribed on our donor board, the email you should use to redeem your reward is ruth@livingrainforest.org. Please quote the unique code you were sent by WildCrowd and the name of the reward you are claiming. If you have lost your code, contact frances@wildcrowd.org who will find it for you. Thank you again for your generosity and many apologies for any confusion.

  • 9 Apr 2019

    Team training begins!

    Last week the animal team visited Crocodiles of the World, to get some world class, hands on training. Shaun Foggett, the Zoo Director and IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) Member, led the training. The team were shown how to safely approach, catch, handle and restrain a crocodile. They also discussed the enclosure design and feeding regimes. In the picture you can see our curator, Tina, practising her handling technique with a baby Tomistoma crocodile. When the caiman arrive at The Living Rainforest they will go into quarantine facilities before being moved into their new home. A massive thank you to everyone who has already donated to this appeal, we've still got a way to go, but it's great to see we're approaching the first £1000 milestone!

  • 26 Mar 2019

    Campaign started

The Trust for Sustainable Living

Charity Reg No: 1085057

The Trust for Sustainable Living is a charity aiming to further the understanding of sustainable living through high-quality education. TSL wants the next generation to be inspired to imagine, and equipped to achieve, a sustainable future. The Living Rainforest glasshouses help to achieve this vision by providing a unique, sensory and immersive experience for 100,000 visitors each year (including 26,000 children attending on school visits). The Living Rainforest gives visitors the chance to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest environment – and to explore how plants, animals, human needs, economies and cultures are all linked. The centre is home to over 700 plants and animals including rare and endangered species of global conservation value. Our education programme includes; • National Curriculum based school visits, with a choice of four guided tours; ‘Sustainable Futures’, ‘Amazing Adaptations’ and ‘Edible Forests’. • The International Schools Essay Competition and Debate involving over 1,700 school children and Teacher Champions in 65 countries. • The Schools Sustainability challenge. In this initiative schools from around the world are invited to submit short videos to showcase their best sustainability related project.

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