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Rebuilding ACES: A New Beginning

After the arson, ACES moved its operation to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, where they have been actively operating since 2010. Ambergris Caye is the ideal location for ACES new headquarters as it is rapidly growing in popularity, and has a large number of people living in and around the lagoons which crocs inhabit. Because of this, the incidence of croc-human conflict on the island is the highest in Belize. Once home to numerous illegal feeding operations, ACES presence has brought a much needed positive change and awareness to the island. 

ACES is dedicated to conserving Belize's critical wetland habitats and protected species, specifically crocodilians, through scientific research and education. We monitor the American crocodile population, rescue injured and/or sick crocodiles, rehabilitate back to health, and, if safe for both the animal and the surrounding community, release the rehabilitated crocodiles back into the wild. We strive to achieve safe and harmonious crocodile-human coexistence by frequent education and community outreach programs and believe that through a basic understanding of the animal, much of the fear and hate can be lifted, allowing for respect and appreciation to grow.

As a means of self-sustainability ACES provides Educational Crocodile Excursions. These excursions are a way to help people gain a better understanding of crocodilians and their precious habitats and allows ACES to consistently monitor the population on Ambergris Caye. These trips are what fund the country-wide crocodile rescue and rehabilitation program, keeping it free-of-charge to everyone in Belize. 

The Crocodile Sanctuary is currently being built at Rainforest Adventure Zone in Sand Hill, Belize. The sanctuary only houses rescued crocodiles who have proven themselves too problematic to remain in the wild, or those who have injuries or disabilities that prevent them from fending for themselves. Our habitats for the crocs are fenced off pieces of jungle, as natural as any captivity could hope to be, with land to bask on, deep water to dive and hunt in, and caves to hide, they provide a place for these crocs to peacefully live out theirs lives, keep crocs and humans safe from each other. 

Aerial photo of Ambergris Caye by L Kelly Jones.