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ACES Croc Crusader's of the Month!

Posted by Christina Manzi on June 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Danny and Renee Witzil and the children of San Mateo are honored as ACES Croc-Crusaders of the Month of June 2013 for calling ACES to relocate a crocodile living under their home. Great job kids! We are proud of you!

USFW Gator Field Office Croc'n with ACES

Posted by Christina Manzi on December 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

My wife, Stacia, and I just returned for our 16 day honeymoon to Belize. Both my wife and I have a huge passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation, Stacia for birds and crocodilians for myself. We wanted to incorporate as many wildlife activities as possible, which in turn led us to Vince and Cherie with ACES. The first night we were on Ambergris Caye we met up with Vince, Chris, and Evan. We helped set a croc trap for a reported large nuisance crocodile and then went to relocate a previously captured croc to more isolated part of island farther north. By relocate, it meant we had to capture the croc from an enclosure, secure the animal on my lap and Stacia’s lap on the golf cart, and then drive it north to relocation site. Got a couple looks from bystanders but something told me this wasn’t the first time they have seen a croc on a golf cart. The second night we went with the crew to check on an area with some reported large crocodiles that showed signed of being fed by humans – however, by the end of the trip it became very apparent that there was a huge issue with people feeding wildlife on the island. We ended up catching a 11’5” American croc by the name of “Gumby,” named appropriately because he was missing so many teeth. He was a huge croc but the lack of teeth and the fact he was living in a sewage retention pond, were both worrisome. The third night we met up with the whole crew, which included Cherie, and also the local vet, Laurie, to do a CSI: Belize tour. Tour started with Vince and Cherie giving us some background about the crocs and why they were out there doing this work. Chris then manned the spotlight while Vince drove the boat and we were off to look for croc eyeshines. Saw a couple eyeshines from crocs and then Vince jumped out to catch a couple. At one point Vince said it was my turn so I got to assist with catching a couple smaller crocs of my own. After each of the crocs was captured, data was collected such as length, location, habitat, and then were tagged. Vince and Cherie had previously marked some of these animals and were very excited to see that they were still doing well in the wild.

J. Patrick Delaney

Reptile and Amphibian Research Subsection

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

North Florida Alligator Field Office

601 West Woodward Ave.

Eustis, FL 32726

Come Join CSI: Belize

Posted by Christina Manzi on November 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 "Crocodile Scientific Investigators"

Join our expert croc team on an educational crocodile research expedition aboard the "Swamp Thing," a comfortable twenty foot Carolina skiff. Cruise through mangrove habitat into the night and search for crocodiles, birds, and other nocturnal wildlife. Watch while expert croc wranglers try to capture saltwater crocodiles for tag and release. No special attire is needed for this two hour, lagoon, boat trip.

Proceeds from all trips go towards crocodile rescues, research, education, and consevation in Belize.

Click Here for more photos!

Crocodile Poached in Ambergris Caye

Posted by Christina Manzi on September 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sept. 23, 2012, Nestor Castillo, (AKA "Busta"), reported a dead croc in North Ambergris Caye. The croc was discovered very near to an area that is currently being deemed a protected area for wildlife that is frequented by hunters. ACES investigation determined that the croc was shot in the back of the head (most likely as it tried to flee). The head was then chopped off with a machete. This activity is illegal in Belize. The purchasing of the skull or teeth or any parts of crocodilians is also illegal. In fact, if anyone tries to cross International boarders with any parts of an American crocodile, they will be arrested, fined, and jailed. Anyone seeing a croc skull or teeth for sale at market in San Pedro, please call the local police or ACES at 631-6366. Thank you for your support. Only through working together can we save our species for our future generations. Donations to ACES through our 501c3 partner "BEEDFund" are tax-deductible and help protect crocodiles in Belize.

Please watch and share the Video posted on ACES YOUTUBE Channel.

Brigitte Bardot Saves Belize's Crocs

Posted by Christina Manzi on August 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Saving the lives of threatened American crocodiles, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation (BBF) generously donated 8500 euros to the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) on June 14th, 2012. The funding is for a new, natural, containment habitat that will accommodate up to four large problematic crocodiles at ACES main facility in Ladyville. The BBF “is happy to help with the funding needed for the building of enclosures for rescued crocodiles, and supports ACES endeavours to save and to take care of crocodiles in Belize.”

In 1986, Brigitte Bardot sold her home and jewelry and founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the welfare and protection of domestic and wild animals. Fighting and defending animals rights, the foundation acts to heighten awareness, inform, relieve, and save animals around the world. Today, BBF is the leading animal protection NGO in France.

Crocodiles are apex predators that have been around for millions of years. American crocodiles are typically a timid species but become problematic when they are illegally fed by humans. As rare as Polar bears, American crocodile numbers are declining in their last stronghold, here in Belize.

Personally, this donation is a stupendous honor for me. Even as a child I was an enormous fan of Mrs. Bardot. So much so that I named my first pet, a miniature poodle, Brigitte. To receive funding from such a prestigious foundation substantiates our tremendous efforts and sacrifices in saving crocodiles in Belize. For more photos with captions please Click Here and go to View as Slideshow.

Donating Made Easy

Posted by Christina Manzi on July 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)


I am working hard on updating and revamping our website. Thank you for your patience and please feel free to give feedback. 

I'm a Biologist not a Webdesigner!

I have made donating to ACES easier and funner than ever! Check it out at: http://www.americancrocodilesanctuary.org/donate

For a limited time you can name your croc when sponsoring a croc with a yearly donation.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Cherie & Vince

We have removed our donor page for people's privacy. All donors from 2011 are available in ACES annual report on the documents webpage.

Auction for ACES

Posted by Christina Manzi on May 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Bid Today and Help Take a Bite Out of Exticntion!

This is a fantastic opportunity to buy “Nile Crocodile” – a highly collectable print from a drawing of a Nile Crocodile. Printed on superb Fabriano 5 art paper, signed by world famous artist Gary Hodges (www.garyhodges-wildlife-art.com) and limited to 1500 copies, it was published in 2000 and completely sold out many years ago. “Nile Crocodile” has sold many times on the secondary market for high prices. This print has been made unique and all the more valuable with the addition of the signature of actress Rula Lenska, and wildlife organisation founders Jill Robinson (Animals Asia), Simon Cowell (Wildlife Aid and TV show "Wildlife SOS" presenter & producer) and Dave Currey (EIA). AUCTION ENDS JUNE 7, 2012.


ACES's 2012 Donors

Posted by Christina Manzi on May 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

ACES is pleased to announce that the Donor page has been updated! To see who's helping to take a bite out of extinction go to http://www.americancrocodilesanctuary.org/donors.htm

ACES will next be updating the volunteer and student intern pages, so be sure to check back.

Thanks for your support!


Photo by The San Pedro Sun

Rehabilitated "Shot Croc" Released

Posted by Christina Manzi on April 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Watch the Video of the Release

On March 9, 2012, on a routine croc tag and release, this croc charged at us out of the water. We found upon capture that it had been shot in the head and hind leg. It was also lacking teeth and starving. We removed the bullet from just behind its ear, cleaned the wound of infection, and applied topical antibiotic. We then examined the gunshot wounds to the hind leg. There appeared to be two to three through and through wounds. We cleaned the wounds and removed debris. We then applied antibiotics. The croc was fed chicken with vitamins that night. Over the next month the croc was given live fish, shrimp, crab and a raccoon.

On April 17, 2012, the croc was captured for examination. The head wound was completely healed. The leg wounds were almost completely healed (90%). No signs of infection. The croc had gained about 50 pounds. It was decided the croc was to be re-released up north away from people. GPS was taken of the release site. The 10 foot 5 inch, male, American crocodile was microchipped #OAO1541116.

One Trapped Croc Rescued

Posted by Christina Manzi on April 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


April 24, 2012, ACES, Volunteers, "Island Films," and "The San Pedro Sun" rescued one of the trapped crocodiles. The complete rescue took 7 hours. The crocodile is feeding and although severely emaciated, we are hopeful of its recovery. If at any time it appears the animal is not getting better, ACES will seek permission for humane euthanasia from the appropriate authorities. Click Here for photos: courtesy of "The San Pedro Sun."