American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

PO Box 9, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America

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ACES is a Non-Profit Organization founded by Wildlife Behaviorist & Croc Wrangler, Vince Rose, & Research Biologist, Cherie Chenot-Rose ~ Belize


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One of the things about crocodilians is they’re semi aquatic, not fully aquatic creatures. They need both land and water for their daily activities, namely their thermoregulation requirements. Crocs NEED somewhere out of the water to dry their bodies off and maintain internal body temperature. As we encroach further into mangrove habitat with our homes, schools and hotels, the chances of crocs basking or “moon bathing” next to or close to homes increase as they have no where else to go. Further more, due to the fact that people tend to bother them throwing rocks etc when they try to bask during the day, we are seeing an increase of crocs coming out at night when people are less likely to be around.

While it may be concerning to see a large predator close to people’s habituation at nighttime, 99 times out of 100 there’s nothing sinister about it and they will run back to the water if approached or startled.

If you find yourself in a situation such as this, there are simple steps that can be taken to ensure everybody coexists together incident free.

1: Do not feed the crocodiles, doing so will give them every reason to seek out people and greatly increases the chance of an incident.

2: Discard food and fishing scraps properly making sure it’s all away from the waters edge and homes, ideally in a trash can or compost heap.

3: Something like feeding the fish in the water may attract a croc or two. Remember fish are a crocs primary source of food, and if you have schools of fish right by your home because they’re fed, that may cause a croc to hang out in ambush mode, and if a pet gets loose it could all end in disaster.

4: Erect fencing. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, a simple barricade will deter all but the most unusually aggressive of crocs (in which case call us if they’re being that aggressive). If you want to be really cool about it, you can set the fencing back a few feet from the water so the croc still have a safe and dry place to bask. That way everybody wins.

5: If your house is raised and prone to flooding underneath, barricade the sides so crocs can’t get under there. A raised home is like a ready made cave for a croc and they love it. I on the other hand am not particularly fond of the risks of having to go under home where’s there’s little room to maneuver to remove a 10ft croc, so please, for my safety as well as yours and your pets, get your homes blocked off before the rains come this year!

6: Protect your pets! Walk them on a leash, especially near the lagoon and don’t leave them tied up near the water with no barricades for protection. And don’t let them roam free. If they’re running around like wild animals there’s a good chance they may become part of the food chain and no one wants that! If anyone needs any pallets delivered to their homes so they can create barricades, please let us know. We always have some on standby for these types of scenarios that we’ll deliver free of charge.

It’s important to note that in most scenarios, relocation of a croc is not the long term solution. Crocs are very territorial and there is a high probability of them returning to the area. Even if they don’t, another one will likely move in. Removing a croc will just give a false sense of security that there’s no crocs around. As the most intelligent species in a country revered for the beauty and complexity of her ecosystems, it is our responsibility to find ways to live harmoniously with all the creatures on Gods green earth 🌍🐊

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Your tax deductible donation helps to fund our country-wide crocodile rescue program and supplies food, vitamins, medical care, and maintenance of natural habitats for crocs undergoing rehabilitation, as well as for injured and problematic crocodiles living in the sanctuary.



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"Fondation Brigitte Bardot Donates Vehicle for Conservation" - The San Pedro Sun

"Slaughtered Jaguars Prompt GOB to act, Crocodile Mutilations on Island Go Ignored" - The San Pedro Sun

"School Children Learn about Crocodiles with ACES" - The San Pedro Sun

"ACES Relocated Large Problematic Crocodile to Mainland Sanctuary" - The San Pedro Sun

"Freshwater Crocodile found on Ambergris Caye" - The San Pedro Sun

"How Did Freshwater Crocodile End Up in San Pedro? - Ambergris Today

"ACES - Protecting the Threatened American Crocodile through Education" - My Beautiful Belize

C is for Crocodile….it’s good enough for Me! A fun and educational tour with ACES - First World Refugee

"Carnival, Filling my Burrito Bunker & The Family Visit! My Life On Ambergris Caye" - San Pedro Scoop

ACES - American Crocodile Education Sanctuary - She Trips Alone

Lagoon Clean-Up Mobilizes San Pedro Residents... Everyone Can Help - San Pedro Scoop

"San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up" - My Beautiful Belize
"Over 5000 lbs of Trash Removed from Lagoon Clean-Up" - The San Pedro Sun

"Family fun at Carnival Fundraiser for Raise Me Up and ACES" - The San Pedro Sun

"Islanders Celebrate World Earth Day 2018" - The San Pedro Sun

"Reef Fair 2018 Promotes Education and Conservation of the Reef and Marine Ecosystem" - The San Pedro Sun

"2nd Annual Raise Me Up Masquerade Party a success!" - The San Pedro Sun

"US student volunteers help clean up Ambergris Caye" - The San Pedro Sun

"ACES educates 2018 Camp Starfish attendees" - The San Pedro Sun

"“We are more alike than different” – Camp Starfish is back!" - The San Pedro Sun

"Christina Was Worried She Would Attract Too Much Attention Passing Through Town" - Ambergris Today

"Crocodile Rescue and Release in Ambergris Caye with ACES - LeAw in Belize" - Leave Everything And Wander

"Learning more about crocodile with ACES - Night Tour and Sanctuary in Belize - LeAw in Belize"  - Leave Everything And Wander

"ACES rescues Crocodile Thomas on Ambergris Caye" - The San Pedro Sun

"ACES Rescue Thomas the Croc" - Channel 5 News

"Letter to the Editor: This has to be a community effort" - The San Pedro Sun

‘Belize Navidad!’- Ramon’s Village wins 2018 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade - The San Pedro Sun

"More Christmas Lights Than Ever At Holiday Boat Parade" - Ambergris Today
"It’s CHRISTMAS 2018! Our Beautiful San Pedro Lighted Boat Parade" - San Pedro Scoop

"Thousands of pounds garbage removed during SP BTIA clean-up in San Pedro Town" - The San Pedro Sun

2010 & 2011

ACES Receives Donation from ERAS 

ACES Earns Verification from GFAS 

ACES Earns verification from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 

Problematic Croc Preys on Pets 

Crocs have a New Home 

Crocodile Sanctuary on Mission to Save 30 Crocs 

Conservation Organization in Uproar over Crocodile Capture 

Crocodile Dundees Get a Grant to Save Crocs 

The Summerlee Foundation Donates to ACES Forum "The Summerlee Foundation Donates to ACES" 

Wranglers for Conservation - Saving Crocodiles in Belize

Caribbean Shrimp Farm & ACES Join in Conservation 

Crocodiles and Shrimp 

ACES Breaks Ground for New Croc Refuge on AC 

Croc Takes a Swim at Las Terrazas Pool 

David Tuts Recovering from Saturday's Croc Attack

Man Beats Back Man-Eating Croc 

Man Recovering From Croc Attack 

Croc Attack Update

Wild 13-foot Croc Attacks David Tuts During Late Night Swim

Croc Attack Reported in San Pedro 

Croc Chronicles - The Rescue of "Jaws," and Crocs George & Xanadu Home at Last 

Crocodile Refuge Proposal in Ambergris Caye

Snorkel Team During the Day, Crocodile Researchers at Night 

"My Bohemian Life" Experiences ACES

Legend's Burger House Raises $4000BZD for ACES's Crocodile Conservation 

ACES at Isla Bonita 

Legend's Burger House Hosts Fundraiser for American Crocodiles 

The World Wildlife Fund Films ACES 

The Island Academy Hosts ACES and a Croc 

Crocodile Gets Library Card 

Croc Chronicles #4 

ACES Soars with LightHawk 

CrocLog Podcast - Episode 4

Croc Chronicles #3 - French Film Crew Captures ACES

ACES Croc Chronicles #2 

First Ever Crocodile Rescue on Caye Caulker 

Photographer Documents ACES

Professional Wildlife Photographer Shoots with ACES

Crocodile Confiscated 

ACES Crocodile Chronicles 

Moving a Problem Croc in San Pedro on a Wet Night 

ACES Choco-Croc Pops by Cotton Tree Chocolate

Reward Offered for Missing Children

Belize Forest Department Press Release Supports ACES

ACES Hosts First Ever Fund Raising Event in Punta Gorda 

Editorial - Condoning Illegal Croc Feeding Sends the Wrong Message 

Two Problematic Crocs Removed From WASA Lagoon

Problem Croc Removed From Local Lake 

Ripley the Morelet's Crocodile Euthanized - Ambergris Daily 

Ripley the Morelet's Crocodile Euthanized - San Pedro Sun 

Belize Wildlife Officer Comments on  Rescued Corozal Croc 

Ripley's Last Chance 

Animal SOS - Rouge Male, Bad Boy George, Crocodile Seeks New Home 

Tortured and Left for Dead - ACES Rescues Corozal Croc

ACES assists Dr. Rainwater with Hickatee Turtle Survey for the Turtle Survival Alliance 

Illegal Feeding, Garbage & Development Make for Problem Crocs 

Problem Croc Removed from San Pedro 

ACES to the Rescue