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  • Croc Egg Hunt
    by Christina Manzi on April 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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    Due to the low numbers of American crocodiles, an apex predator in Ambergris Caye, raccoon populations are ever increasing. This creates a vicious circle for the overly abundant raccoons feed on crocodile eggs, decreasing the wild population even more. Less than one percent of the eggs in each croc nest hatch into baby crocs that grow to reach sexual maturity and reproduce. This means it takes two nests to rear one breeding adult American crocodile. Even though the mama croc will cover a raided nest to protect the uneaten eggs, the raccoons keen sense of smell will bring them back to nest night after night until all the eggs are gone. Unlike reptiles, raccoons carry numerous diseases and parasites that are easily spread to humans who come into contact with them or there feces. Please give today at to help save this keystone species. Thank you! Be sure to check back soon for our upcoming "adopt a-croc egg!"

  • Happy Birthday Hatchlings!
    by Christina Manzi on June 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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    Rescued eggs hatch and out pops baby crocodile! Adopt A Croc under the Donate tab!

  • Release of croc Marty Toonecs
    by Christina Manzi on July 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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    Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile eye-shine aboard the "Swamp Thing." Search for predatory crocodiles to capture, tag, & re-release to help ACES Biologists collect scientific data on Belize's wild & endangered American crocodiles. (ACES is permitted by the Belize Forest Department.)Your expedition takes you through mangrove islands at sunset & into the starlit night while searching for Isla Bonita's extraordinary, nocturnal wildlife and the infamous saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat.Departing from Reef Village at 6:30 pm, this extraordinary 2-3 hour expedition is $40 USD per person (children 6 and under are 1/2 price). All proceeds go to crocodile rescues, research, and education in Belize.

  • Save San Pedro's Wildlife
    by Christina Manzi on December 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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    We are currently trying to raise funds for the final construction of the new ACES Wildlife & Croc Refuge in San Mateo, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This has been a long tedious, but very necessary, goal. The facility started up north is being moved to this new location. Although the first facility was never publicly open, it helped to save numerous injured crocs through the past year. I feel this video exemplifies WHY we do what we do. Thank you to all our donors and those who support our work. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Edmonton Reptile & Amphibian Society of Alberta, Canada, for their generous yearly donation of $1500USD for the wildlife refuge. And thank you Ollie Meidinger, of Coco Beach, for bringing it to us in person. Glad you and your family could join us on a CSI: Belize crocodile excursion. We also send a EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for their $10,000USD donation earlier this year for ACES main facility at the Caribbean Shrimp Farm in Ladyville, Belize. Now completed, the new habitat is the largest secure, natural, crocodile habitat in the country and will be able to accommodate at least five 10' or larger American crocodiles. There are currently six large crocs who are "repeat offenders" and on a list for placement in captivity because they are continually problematic. We will be out there voluntarily setting traps until these dangerous illegally fed crocs are caught. We wish everyone a prosperous and peaceful New Year! Cherie & Vince The Board of Directors of The Belize Economic & Ecological Development Fund has notified us that they will be dissolving after this fundraising effort due to economic conditions. We thank them for their years of support, and wish our yearly donors to know that we will shortly be announcing our new 501c3 partner.

  • Injustice in Belize
    by Christina Manzi on November 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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    PG TV captured the horrific crime committed by villagers on Sept. 5, 2010. This actual footage is for the friends and family of Cherie and Vince Rose who never got to see what was aired in Punta Gorda, Belize. Our loss was a tragic, violent, and an unnecessary crime. We have been informed that the missing children are safe in Guatemala with their biological father. CrimeStoppers has been contacted to investigate and we pray they will be able to confirm this information. There is a reward for the return of the missing children, and for any information leading to the arrest of the arsonists so that they never harm so many innocent lives again. Aug. 17th, 2012, A declaration is granted that a riotous assembly of persons, as defined in section 2 of the Riot Compensation Act Chapter 338 assembled at the claimants' property situated at Water Hole Road, Forest Home village, Toledo District for the purpose of executing a common purpose with violence and without lawful authority used such violence for that purpose to wit: they intentionally set fire and destroyed three houses, furniture, household utensils and other property owned by the claimants. I will now hear the parties on the issue of compensation. JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT Oswell Legall The Defense has appealed on the grounds that Judge Legall erred in his decisions. To date, no arrests have been made; we pray to GOD that justice will prevail! Vince & Cherie Rose Founders of ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary The original CNN Broadcast:

  • Force Feeding a Sick Croc
    by Christina Manzi on December 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM
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  • Rescue of 8ft Oceanside Crocodile
    by Christina Manzi on November 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    ACES Team volunteers their time to rescue an 8ft croc from the seaside in south Ambergris Caye. Unwanted by weary snorkelers, the croc was safely captured, tagged, and relocated. ACES thanks the private donor who helped cover fuel costs. ACES is a non-profit organization and responds to all wildlife calls free of charge in Ambergris Caye for the safety of the people and the welfare of the animals.

    To find out how you can help go to or click Donate! Tax-deductible donations are made thru ACES USA 501(c)(3) partner "The Belize Economic & Ecological Development Fund,"

    Your support helps take a bite out of extinction!

    Thank You,

    Cherie & Vince

  • Aggressive Crocodile Capture
    by Christina Manzi on November 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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    Help take a bite out of extinction by supporting ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary in our fight to conserve the threatened and vulnerable American and Morelet's Crocodiles! Be sure to hit that like button and subscribe for more exciting Crocodilian encounters! You can help support our fight by something as simple as telling your friends about us!

    Or if you would like to do more, hit the donate tab or purchase some of your own croc gear at ACES American Croc Shop!

    Any donations or purchases are greatly appreciated! All of the proceeds go directly to supporting crocodile conservation! The trap we pulled this croc out of has cost us a few hundred dollars already as we are working to catch the 12 plus foot trouble maker in the area. Thank you! This aggressive little male (around the 8 foot mark) was captured and transported a few miles north to a new water system; hes not the Croc we're after, but he certainly put up a fight! We're after the large 12-14 foot American Crocodile that has been causing a bit of trouble breaking fences and terrorizing, even eating people's dogs! This bigger and much older crocodiles are smart, real smart, and know when there is free food in an enclosed area something is a bit off. So they wait outside the trap and send in the younger animals first to test it out. If they get a free meal, the large croc thinks its safe the next time around. However, we have removed a few of the crocs from this area and the big croc has likely caught on. Luckily, these predators are highly opportunistic, and sooner or later the idea of a free easy meal (especially a tasty chicken!) becomes too good to pass up.

    These animals have absolutely astonishing homing abilities and are able to find their way back to whatever river system they came from. Research suggest they are able to orient themselves using the magnetic poles, so to disrupt this, we have to put a magnet on this little guy's head. So far we have seen a very strong success rate in that we see fewer returns with magnetized crocodiles than we do with non-magnetized! Good news for crocodile conservation and relocation efforts! We love our Crocs and we are doing everything we can to save the few we have left! Crocs rule!

  • Tia's Release into the Wild
    by Christina Manzi on September 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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    May 2012, Vince Rose of ACES/ American Crocodile Education Sanctuary rescued Tia during a croc-human conflict call in Ambergris Caye. Dehydrated, starving, and injured, Tia's rescue did not stop there. I notified The Belize Forest Department and Vince flew her to the mainland via Maya Island Air; and then drove Tia to the main office of the BFD in Belmopan. There, Tamandua specialist Ella Baron and Belize Forest Department?s Jazmin Ramos rushed Tia to The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic where she was treated by Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand. With a broken paw, injured tail, and dislocated hip, Ella Baron took on the exhausting job of caring for and rehabilitating Tia at the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. What a great feeling to watch her release and know that the Belize Wildlife Conservation Network is making a huge difference in the rescue of Belize?s amazing wildlife. Thank you everyone! And, a special thanks to Ella for your expertise, compassion, and commitment.

  • The Tomistoma Fund in Belize
    by Anthony Pine on April 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    From January to March 2012, The Tomistoma Fund went to Belize to train with ACES. This is a glimpse into what was seen and done in that time.

  • ACES American Crocodile Capture
    by Christina Manzi on October 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    This small, but gorgeous 7ft male American Croc (Crocodylus acutus) was caught by the ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary team and relocated to a system to the far north where it likely won't have a conflict with people again. Our goal for this particular location is to catch a large croc, somewhere around the 14 foot mark. This larger Croc has been causing a bit of trouble and has been breaking the peoples fences to try and have a go at their dogs! We hope to be able to remove this large crocodile that has since lost its innate fear of people, and put him in a beautiful, large enclosure where he will no longer risk being killed by concerned people and allow a much safer waterway for both the landowners and their dogs! These American crocodiles are listed as a threatened species and protected under the endangered species act. Belize is one of the last remaining strongholds for this species and theres only about 1,000 left here. We love these Crocs and we want to save them, we want to conserve this beautiful species for generations to come. Video by ACES Volunteer Intern and Wildlife Biologist, Josh Pierce.

  • ACES Guest House Burned
    by Christina Manzi on February 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    Vince Rose of ACES talks a bit about what the guest bungalows were used for at ACES and the tragic events of Sept. 5th, 2010. (Video by Brandon Sideleau)

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