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.