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Croc Expert Goes to Thailand to Help Rare Siamese Crocodile

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on September 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


 

September 2nd, Vincent Rose, Crocodile Behavioral Expert, Co- Founder of Belize’s American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), and a member of Cape Coral Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-10, captured and relocated a critically endangered six foot Siamese crocodile named “Jerry” in the village of Baan Tuek, Sukhothai, North Thailand. Siamese crocodiles are listed by IUCN as critically endangered., and field surveys estimate that there are less than 250 wild, adult, Siamese crocodiles in our World today.

Founded in 2006 and operating under the authority of the Belize Forest Department (BFD), Government of Belize, ACES is a non-profit organization, committed to the conservation of critical wetland habitats and protected species, specifically Crocodilians, via scientific research and education to preserve wildlife for future generations.  

Given as a gift to a village in Sukhothai, Thailand over 5 years ago, Jerry has been housed in a small concrete “cell” with very little fresh water. Jerry's owners approached Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary - BLES, seeking a new home for their pet. That's when long-term BLES volunteer, David Owen, began fundraising for Jerry's transition to the sanctuary. David, born in Ontario, Canada, knew that he must find Jerry a healthier home. Worldwide, when animals like Jerry are relocated from poor living conditions they typically end up at breeding facilities or animal shows. David and BLES Founder, Katherine Connor, decided that the only way to ensure he wasn't sent to a breeding centre, research facility, or crocodile tourist attraction was to build an enclosure at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) where Jerry could live out the rest of his life in peace. Although BLES is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation facility, currently caring for 17 rescued elephants on 750 acres of land, the sanctuary has never turned its back on an animal of any species. The santuary is home to 25 dogs, 40 cats, 10 tortoises, 3 wild boar, 2 macaque monkeys, 2 cows, and soon, one crocodile. “Every life is important and every life is worth fighting for.” ~ David Owen With grand new habitat has been completed at BLES thanks to all of Jerry’s donors! David, having reached out internationally to crocodilian conservationists all over the World since last April, has request Vince Rose of ACES, Belize, to lead Jerry’s relocation to his new home to ensure the safety of Jerry and the team moving him. Jerry’s big move is scheduled for Sept. 2nd. Vince will safely capture Jerry in his tiny concrete prison, place him in the shade to collect scientific data and take Jerry’s measurements, then sex Jerry to be sure he is a he, and finally, with the help of the community, transport him to his new home at BLES. Everyone involved, including the children who decorated Jerry’s new home for him, are all very excited to see Jerry to be in such a pristine habitat with sufficient fresh water so that he can freely swim about.

David has been blogging Jerry's journey to sanctuary, which you can follow here:

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Having acquired over fifteen years of experience and thousands of live, safe, crocodilian captures, Vince Rose is an expert at safely handling various species and sizes of crocodilians, including the capture of the 12 foot Morelet's crocodile that unfortunately killed a local Belizean fisherman in 2014. Additionally, Vince has extensive knowledge in crocodilian diseases and proper husbandry; has hundreds of hours educating local Belizean government authorities on everything from safe handling techniques, scientific data collection, tagging, and sexing; and has educated the general public, including school children, on how to safely coexist with these magnificent apex predators. Working hand in hand with the BFD, ACES has rescued hundreds of American and Morelet’s crocodiles from inhumane and illegal captivity, polluted environmental conditions, poachers, and imminent death at the hands of man due to their problematic status. Cherie Chenot-Rose, Vince’s wife and Co-Founder of ACES states, “It’s not just saving crocodiles that is important to us; for even more important is the fact that what we do keeps people safe and potentially saves human lives by removing large problematic crocodiles from under homes and local swimming holes where the likelihood for croc-human conflicts is the highest.” ACES responds to crocodile calls country-wide in Belize and relocates nuisance crocs while placing problematic crocs, those that are more aggressive and have attacked pets or keep returning to a populated area, into captivity at ACES Crocodile Eco-Sanctuary now located at the Rainforest Adventure Zone in Sandhill, Belize. Here the crocodiles can reside in in peace in natural and yet secured habitats.

ACES’s is currently expanding their operations to Southwest Florida, USA. ACES aims to hold educational presentations to raise awareness on how to safely coexist with apex predators, like Crocodilians.“It is imperative that we learn to coexist because apex predators play very important roles in keeping our environments healthy and in balance."  (David Owen, left, and Vince)


Brigitte Bardot Foundation Saves American Crocodile

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on September 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

"Massive Problem Crocodile Caught on San Pedro" hit the Belize news recently and I would like to first thank La Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their generous donation last year which enabled us to complete the largest, secured, natural crocodile habitat in Belize at Caribbean Shrimp Farm, Ltd. in Ladyville, for the safe containment of this 11 foot, male, problematic American crocodile. Without this facility the dangerous crocodile would have been killed. He now joins another rescued problematic crocodile, Brigitte, in his new home.

Why save them? Because American crocodile numbers are decreasing in Belize. I would like to address Vince's statement in the article, "For the last 10 years we've been counting crocs and the numbers are going down extremely high and that's bad. Belize was supposed to be scientifically from all the crocodile specialist groups Belize was supposed to have the highest numbers of the American Crocodiles left in the world. Our numbers are showing they don't. They don't even have half as many."

I'm not sure if it was the fact he was exhausted from dealing with the massive crocodile; if the urgency to get the crocodile to its new home (crocodiles can die in minutes in the heat with their mouths taped shut); or, if his statement was misinterpreted when translated from English, to Creole, and back to, well, sorta English; but, I need to address his statement.

What Vince was trying to say: is that while not too long ago, based on research data, the Crocodile Specialist Group considered Belize to be the last stronghold for the species; recent studies have shown a significant decline in the population due to developmental pressures, indiscriminate killings, and the lack of enforcement of Belize's protection laws. 

ACES Croc Crusader's of the Month!

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on June 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Danny and Renee Witzil and the children of San Mateo are honored as ACES Croc-Crusaders of the Month of June 2013 for calling ACES to relocate a crocodile living under their home. Great job kids! We are proud of you!

Cherie Quoted in Nat Geo Poland

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on June 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The downlaoadable file is available under ACES Documents under the HOME tab on our website.

Use Google Translate to read.


Emaciated Spider Monkey Rescued

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on May 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

ACES Helps Rescue a Yucatan Spider Monkey Click Here!


"Sneaky" Found Tortured by Local Children

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on May 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The San Pedro Sun covers the story "Captured croc tortured to death in San Pedro."

Belize's Channel 7 News also shares the horrific news "The cruel killing of a crocodile."

Sneaky was named because after we relocated him from under a DFC home, he grabbed a sneaker on the ground to hold onto, for security we guess. Too cute! He spit it out and swam away. To find him suffering at the hands of brutal torture was heartbreaking.

Here's Sneaky before his senseless demise.


ACES 2012 Annual Report

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on May 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to its large file size, "ACES 2012 Annual Report" in PDF is only downloadable via this LINK.

Our appologies for any inconvenience,

Cherie & Vince


ACES on Wildlife SOS Discovery Channel UK

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on April 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally the airing date is actually here! I'm trying to find a link to a trailer or a live stream where people in the USA can view it so stay tuned. But here is the link to Discovery Channel's Animal Planet "Willdlife SOS" Episode 10 and 11 this season with Simon Cowell of Wildlife Aide in Belize with ACES! YEAH! If anyone finds a trailer or live stream viewing PLEASE let us know!

We are so excited!

Thank you Wild Productions!

Cherie & Vince


ACES on Wildlife SOS Discovery Channel UK

Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on April 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally the airing date is actually here! I'm trying to find a link to a trailer or a live stream where people in the USA can view it so stay tuned. But here is the link to Discovery Channel's Animal Planet "Willdlife SOS" Episode 10 and 11 this season with Simon Cowell of Wildlife Aide in Belize with ACES! YEAH! If anyone finds a trailer or live stream viewing PLEASE let us know!

We are so excited!

Thank you Wild Productions!

Cherie & Vince



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