Ace Updates: Recovering & Gaining Weight!
Ace, the crocodile that was found injured and starving, is eating shrimp and insects galore. Barely able to hold up its own head a few weeks ago, the hatchling (now about 7 months old) is fiesty as ever. Although it will never be able to see out of its right eye, the injury is healed with no further signs of infection.
Paperwork and permit applications are in the hands of the BFD and CITES to hopefully transport this American Crocodile to the Wildlife Discovery Center in the USA. The Wildlife Discovery Center is a combination of a zoological institution that specializes in reptiles and raptors/birds, nature center, museum and biological station all wrapped into one of the most unique facilities of its kind.
Rob Carmichael, the Curator, is currently raising funds to transport the rescued croc, named Ace, from ACES in Belize to the Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois. ACES is really excited about this International partnership. Once in the US, Ace will be on display to raise awareness about crocodile conservation in Belize and the importance of these apex predators in the World's ecosystem.
To learn more about the Wildlife discovery Center check out Rob's interview on the news!