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Croc Expert Goes to Thailand to Help Rare Siamese Crocodile

Posted by Christina Manzi 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:" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

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)

Cherie Quoted in Nat Geo Poland

Posted by Christina Manzi 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.

"Sneaky" Found Tortured by Local Children

Posted by Christina Manzi 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.

Understanding the Crocodile

Posted by Christina Manzi on April 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s been 3 years since I was last in Belize, but part of me felt like I never left.  Maybe it’s because I am just continuing what I started- investigating how human pollution and disturbances are affecting parasites and disease in the crocodiles of Belize.  Many people ask, “Why do you care about what happens to crocodiles?”  If you REALLY understand about how the environment works, you know that crocodiles are on top of the food chain where they live, they are like the lions of the jungle, the king.  And if something bad happens to them, it will be a negative domino effect on the rest of the environment, even effecting humans.  Anytime there has been mass populations of crocodilians dying, or being killed senselessly, its always come back and bite people in the butt, either through food (because the fish disappear), or through economy (because many communities use crocodilians as a way of ecotourism, many African villages have become VERY successful and economically stable about this).             

So I came back to Ambergris to take science samples of the crocodiles on the island to see how healthy they are. And if you think about it, if they are not healthy, what does that say about the health of the people on the island?  Both crocodiles and people are eating the same food (shrimp, crab, fish) and drinking the same water.  So depending on what my samples say will have a great impact on how the people of Ambergris should react how they are treating their homes, environment, and the crocodiles.  I always found it was interesting that the ancestors of the Mayans, the Olmecs and Toltecs, praised crocodiles, respected them.  Actually, according to them we all were made from a crocodile being in the sky- we all have crocodile blood in us!  And there are various human populations around the world that to this day still love and respect the crocodile- killing one is seen as a bad omen and a disrespect for nature and the community, as they understand the negative effects their livlihood will have if the crocodiles disappear.  So I’m hoping with my research, with the assistance of ACES, can help restore that respect and understanding for the crocodile that our ancestors.  If people thousands of years ago understood the importance of crocodiles, I would think our modern society would as well.  

Story by Marisa Tellez, PhD student at UCLA & Crocodilian Parasitologist

Marisa and Croc Conservationist, Chris Summers

ACES in CSG Newsletter Jan-March 2013

Posted by Christina Manzi on April 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

"American crocodile encounter survey in Northern and Sandbore Cayes, Lighthouse Atoll, Belize" by Cherie Chenot-Rose ~ ACES ~ American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, pp. 7-10. Download PDF version.

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.

Nothern Caye, Lighthouse Reef, Belize (Photos made possible by LightHawk)

Sandbore Caye, Lighthouse Reef, Belize

Croc in Miami Beach

Posted by Christina Manzi on October 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Police said they got calls from residents who spotted a 7-foot long crocodile in Miami Beach. The croc was seen by the footbridge at 81st Street and Tatum Waterway on Oct. 2. Residents Odette Rivera and Monica Morua and FWC spokesman Jorge Pino discuss the sighting.

Photo: Eagle Snatches a Crocodile

Posted by Christina Manzi on October 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The moment an eagle snatched a crocodile from a river bank has been captured by a British wildlife guide.

American crocodile coming back in Florida

Posted by Christina Manzi on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The American crocodile is making a comeback in Florida. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Alligator Blood Could Help Humans

Posted by Christina Manzi on September 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Researchers at McNeese State University believe alligators could hold the key to healing humans. At the helm of the study is Dr. Mark Merchant, professor of biochemistry. For full story Click here!

Robert Irwin a Natural with Crocs

Posted by Christina Manzi on September 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Like Father Like Son: Steve Irwin's Boy Robert is a Natural with the 'Croc Hunter's' Favorite Animal.