What we do: ACES is a non-profit organization permitted by the Belize Forest Department and dedicated to the conservation of Belize's critical wetland habitats and protected species, specifically Crocodilians, through scientific research and education in order to preserve wildlife for future generations. ACES offers a unique and exciting way of reaching audiences of all ages, from educating young children in the classroom to an adventurous wild-crocodile spotlighting and capture experience! We also offer guided, educational tours through our rescued crocodilian holding facilities in a more natural setting to promote conservation and sound environmental education.
We need volunteers to: We need volunteers for a plethora of projects including: helping us build new enclosures for future problematic crocodiles that cannot be reintroduced to the wild, maintain and repair vehicles and other mechanical devices, assist with water sampling, educate staff in local Ornithology, help with building/maintaining paths, bridges, boardwalks, and railings for the safe viewing of large crocodilians, construct enclosures for other small wildlife, and we are always in need of assistance on crocodilian populations surveys and rescues!
Non-cash donations needed: Many small, easy to transport items are enormously helpful to us here at ACES. Common items such as old towels, walkie talkies, cell phones, binoculars, camera, underwater camera, video recorder, blank dvd’s, epson NX420 printer ink, power point projecor, pet carriers, and screws/nails in various sizes serve a variety of purposes throughout our mission to conserve American and Morelet’s crocodiles. Other, more specific materials we use for rescuing crocs include; fuel, oil, 12mm rope, paracord, electrical tape, identification microchips, rubbing alcohol, proviodine, bug spray, clean microscope slides and slide covers, various sized batteries, and raw chicken for bait.
Contact name: Cherie & Vince Rose – Research Biologist and Wildlife Behaviorist; founders and owners of ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary.
Telephone number: 011.501.631.6366/ 666.3871
Address: No 5 Conch Shell Street, PO Box 183, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize City, Belize
Languages spoken: English
Other useful information: ACES offers a truly unique opportunity for both travellers and local residents in demonstrating a once in a lifetime experience seeing conservation in action. People have the ability to see how croc research and conservation is conducted and experience first-hand these highly secretive predators, all while developing a new respect and appreciation for one of nature’s most amazing creatures. Any support that can be rallied for the cause of wildlife conservation is greatly appreciated on behalf of all of us here at ACES, biologists and concerned people worldwide, and of course, our future generations to come!