ACES Research Study Program 

Experience life in Belize while studying crocodilians and their wetland habitats. One on one, you train alongside Research Biologist, Cherie Chenot-Rose, and Croc Behaviorist & expert Wrangler, Vince Rose, while assisting with evening croc eye-shine surveys and crocodile conservation in Belize. 

Our Research Study Program provides interns the unique opportunity to enjoy Belize while assisting us with crocodile conservation. Interns learn croc biology, ecology, behavior, diseases, and assist with tag & release captures for research. Programs are individually designed to met each intern's personal goals. (Lodging, meals, and travel expenses not included.) Email vrcroc@comcast.net for details and to apply.

Partnering with ACES, Pedro's Inn Backpacker's Hostel gives ACES Interns fabulous discounts. Pedro's Inn is the best value in town for clean, comfortable, and safe lodging. Amenities include FREE Wi-Fi, beach access, swimming pool & deck, hammocks in the garden, free use of sea kayaks, snorkel & bicycle rentals, a multi-lingual staff, an onsite concierge coordinator for local adventures, and Pedro's Sport's Pub & PizzeriaSuites with AC & TV are also available. Inquire for intern discounts at [email protected].

Meet ACES Interns

Evan Sims is a graduate of the University of Montana where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology. After college Evan joined the Peace Corps for a short stint, where he lived in the Philippines volunteering as a Coastal Resource Management Extension Worker. Evan has also had a wide variety of jobs in the wildlife field, working with snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, goshawks, and desert bighorn sheep. However, for the last two seasons, he has worked in the field of tourism and recreation, where he worked with a local fly-fishing company. Evan hopes to add to ACES by applying not only his degree but by applying all his knowledge and work experience he has gained throughout the past several years.

Viviane Heily, Olivier Mathiaund & Chelsea Canon, France & New Mexico

Three students from around the World studying to become Veterinarians Intern at ACES together for five days in Ambergris Caye. Viviane and Olivier from France, and Chelsea from New Mexico, learn crocodile biology, behavior, and scientific data collection techniques, including safe crocodile handling, sexing, tagging, and release. Besure to watch Belize Channel 17 OpenLearningTV this September on "Adventures with Jungle Ron" to meet Chelsea, Viviane, & Olivier and see them in action learning with ACES! Click Here to view a short video of them on a croc relocation.

Special thanks to The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic.

Anthony Pine, Founder of The Tomistoma Fund, California, USA

Anthony trained at ACES January thru March 2012. He gained important insight, experience, and training in crocodile research and conservation methods to apply to his charitable nonprofit organization, The Tomistoma Fund, to help protect endangered Tomistoma overseas.

While at ACES, Tony organized and presented a series of educational lectures for the schools on the island and covered the importance of science, conservation, and crocodiles in a fun and unique way. He also assisted with a mangrove restoration project and provided several activies for the children to take home, in hopes to create greater awareness and appreciation for animals and conservation in Ambergris Caye.

After ACES, Tony spent two weeks in the Philippines introducing his organization to the Crocodile Specialist Group 2012 meeting in Manila.

Chris SummersCroc Enthusiast, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

Volunteering his time and labor to ACES for a over two years, Chris has been trained in crocodile wrangling, behavior, and biology. He is now an avid crocodile conservationist and gaining confidence and skills in safe croc handling. 

Rachel Ithen & Dillion Plunket

Volunteering with ACES/ American Crocodile Education Sanctuary for the entire month of August in 2011, Rachel and Dillion's work with ACES was an immense asset to crocodile conservation in Belize. Always willing to learn new skills, such as captaining a skiff for daytime croc surveys; reading a refractometer to monitor salinity levels of crocodile habitats; and even handling wild crocodiles during croc rescues; this dynamic duo was a tremendous asset to ACES in collecting pertinent scientific data for research on the American crocodile population, distribution, and habitat viability. 

Whether painting or collecting garbage from the environment, Rachel and Dillion always worked with enthusiasm and dedication to complete the job, even when it meant spending grueling hours on night croc eye-shine surveys covered in mosquitos and helping to build the new wildlife refuge while dripping wet from the heat and humidity.



Brandon SideleauWildlife Photographer, San Bernardino, California, USA

Specializing in Crocodilian photography, Brandon's goal is to photograph all 23 species of Crocodilians in the wild. He first visited ACES in Jan. 2011 primarily to photograph both species of crocodiles found in Belize, the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, and the freshwater Morelet's crocodile, C. moreletii. He also interview us for Australian Zoologist and Croc Expert, Adam Britton's podcast "CrocLog" on Adam's Croc Blog

Some of Brandon's gorgeous, wild, crocodile photos are available for purchase at the American Croc Shop to raise funds for our crocodile conservation efforts here in Belize.

Returning later in 2011 as an Intern, Brandon learned safe crocodile handling skills and assisted on several crocodile rescues. He additionally interviewed us second time for Adam's "CrocLog Podcast." 

Brandon is currently creating a "Worldwide Crocodilian Attack Database" and pursuing a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Zoology at California State University in the Channel Islands, Camarillo, California.