About Us

Hi! I'm Cherie Chenot-Rose, a Research Biologist & Living Kidney Donor. In 1989, I graduated from Slippery Rock University, with Bachelors of Science Degrees in Biology and Psychobiology. I also studied at the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium and was a member of the Lambda Sigma Honorary Society at Westminster College. My past experiences include: Substitute Teacher, Snowboard Instructor, First Mate, Snorkel Instructor, Biological Field Technician for Amoco Production Company, Wildlife Assistant with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Biological Ground-fish Observer for National Marine Fisheries collecting scientific data and documenting marine mammal sightings aboard fishing vessels in The Bering Sea; and, I was an Environmental Coordinator/Instructor at the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center in South Carolina where I fell in love with reptiles. Now, I have twenty years experience with the handling and husbandry of reptiles including venomous snakes, various lizards, exotic turtles, American alligators, caiman, and now Morelet's and American crocodiles.

Vincent Rose, my husband, is a self-taught Wildlife Behaviorist and expert Crocodile Wrangler. With over twenty-five years of studying, hunting, and trapping all forms of wildlife, he's exceptionally knowledgeable about apex predators. He studied bears in the Rocky Mountains, Saltwater crocodiles in Australia, and has even lived in a cave in Colorado. Since arriving in Belize in 2004, Vince has spent thousands of hours studying the behavior of wild American crocodiles. And, he even had a special bond with a female crocodile, Mama Croc, which resided in our canal in southern Belize (see the story 'A Croc Tale'). Additionally, he also owned and operated his own construction company for twenty years, "Bear Construction," in Aspen, Colorado; is the co-founder of ACES; and my one true love.

With only an estimated 10,000  to 20,000 wild American crocodiles left World-wide, ACES not only protects these magnificent reptiles, but conducts scientific research and educates communities to help save human lives as well. According to crocodile rescue statistics over the past seven years, Ambergris Caye, Belize's number one tourist destination, has the highest incident rate of croc-human conflicts in the country. Our expert team voluntarily relocates, or places in captivity, large American crocodiles living in dangerously close proximity of local residents and children. Crocodiles generally only become problematic and dangerous when they have been illegally fed by humans.