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The story of American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
American Crocodile Education Sanctuary was founded in 2006 by Vince and Cherie Rose in Punta Gorda, Belize. The sanctuary would become home to numerous ill and/or injured crocodiles, as well as problematic crocodiles deemed to dangerous to be left in the wild. ACES, permitted by the Belize Forest Department, provides a second chance at life for crocodiles whose only other option is death, keeping both the crocodiles and communities throughout Belize safe from dangerous, unwanted conflict. 
In 2010 while Vince and Cherie were away on an emergency crocodile call, villagers assembled at the Rose's property and proceeded to loot, destroy, and burn down their home and the surrounding sanctuary. They tore down the fences and mutilated all crocs in sight.
After the arson, ACES moved their operation to Ambergris Caye in 2010, where they began and continue to study the threatened American crocodile population. Once home to numerous illegal and dangerous crocodile feeding operations, ACES presence has brought a much needed positive change and awareness to the island. ACES hopes to one day rebuild the sanctuary on Ambergris Caye to further protect both humans and crocodiles throughout Belize, as well as further the research into this species.