September 13th, 2012, ACES signed a permanent Memorandum of Understanding with the Belize Forest Department; whereas, it is the intent of both parties to develop synergies that will promote the conservation of crocodilian wildlife through rescue, care, rehabilitation, banding, and release, in addition to public awareness and educational programs; whereas, each party wishes to enter an understanding to cooperate and work hand-in-hand in partnership for the proper protection, conservation, management and rehabilitation of crocodilian wildlife.
In 2011, ACES registered location was changed from Water Hole Road, Forest Home, Toledo District, to No. 5 Conch Shell Street, Boca Del Rio, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This location change was the direct result of the arson and destruction of the sanctuay and our home Septemeber 5, 2010, by a rioting mob of villagers of Mayan descent.
Belize Economic & Ecological Development Fund USA IRS Acceptance
There is erroneous information on the internet regarding BEEDFund's legitimacy as a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization in the USA. This is an official letter proving it's acceptance as a charitable organization by the IRS of the United States Government.
Please always do your own investigating prior to accepting information on the web as true. Thank you. Cherie
ACES in the Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter, Jan-March 2013
"American crocodile encounter survey in Northern and Sandbore Cayes, Lighthouse Atoll, Belize" by Cherie Chenot-Rose ~ ACES ~ American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, pp. 7-10.
This project was funded via a grant from The Rufford Small Grants Foundation and private anonymous donors. The property owners and The Belize Forest Department, Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development, Belmopan, Belize, provided permission for the surveys. Aerial surveying and photographs were made possible with the assistance of LightHawk. Binoculars were donated by Optics for the Tropics. Additional co-operation was provided by Thomas Rainwater. Charlie Manolis is thanked for his considerable support and assistance in the preparation of this article. Vince Rose and Chris Summers of ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary contributed invaluable field efforts.
In Belize, both American and Morelet's crocodiles are protected under this act. It is illegal to feed crocs, harass crocs, touch crocs, or act in any way to disrupt their behavior. Please report all croc offenses to the Belize Forest Department or contact ACES.