American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

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

+501-623-7920  |  +501-637-8769

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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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Caiman

As we discussed a few fact days ago, there’s 3 families of crocodilians, one of which is family alligatoridae where you’ll find alligators and caiman. So what are caiman? Ask anyone outside the croc community and the most likely answer will be they’re a small alligator. This isn’t entirely accurate. The Chinese alligator is a rather small species compared to some, and while a few of the 6 species of caiman rarely grow to a formidable size, there are a couple of species that can grow to a length that may cause serious trepidation if you stumbled across one in the wild unexpectedly.

A cousin to the alligator, caiman are found in central and South America. Although they’re in the same family, caimans can differ significantly amongst the individual species. For example, the Spectacled Caiman is usually a small species, but they do have the potential in rare scenarios to exceed 10 feet in length. Sexual maturity can be reached in about 4-5 years and although females stay close to the nest, they don’t do a marvelous job protecting unborn hatchlings and predation of eggs in some areas can be in excess of 80%! The flip side of this coin you have the Smooth Fronted Caiman. Rarely exceeding 5-6ft in length, males can take a full 20 years to reach sexual maturity whilst females can reproduce in about 10-11 years. Females protect their nest in the wild, but contrary to other crocodilians, they’re not the greatest parents and parental care is almost nonexistent within 1-2 weeks. The far end of the Caiman spectrum we have the Black Caiman who can be a rather large specimen. Certain individuals have been documented to hit 16 feet in length with jaws that look like they could crush a tank. Able to lay up to 60 eggs in one sitting, populations in some areas have dwindled from over hunting because of the value of their highly prized skin. That being said, populations in Brazil are estimated to be over 16 million!




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IN THE NEWS

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2018

"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 

AmbergrisCaye.com 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