Tuesday, September 14, 2010
ACES Croc Capture
RECAP from ACES - www.YOUTUBE.com posting:
ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary catches two large problematic American Crocodiles on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize less than 24 hrs before the ACES wildlife sanctuary in Punta Gorda Belize was burnt to the ground. These large crocs had no fear of man, or woman, due to being illegally fed by locals as a 'tourist attraction.' ACES has been educating the communities and relocating these dangerous apex predators at the request of the Belize Forest Department for over four years now country-wide in Belize. These two crocs reportedly were blocking the passage of golf carts in the streets of Ambergris Caye and were found lying under homes where women and children resided. Having being fed, the crocs had no fear and most likely one day would attack. Crocodilians of this size that have been fed by humans in other countries are usually shot. ACES tries to rescue every croc it can and these two were headed to ACES Croc Sanctuary in PG on Sunday. Unfortunately, hours prior to their departure, ACES received word that local villagers were about to burn down the facility and kill crocs at the sanctuary. By noon the rumors were confirmed by the PG police. These crocs were re-released on San Pedro later that day because there was nowhere else to take them to keep people out of harm's way. ACES has conducted croc presentations on how to safely co-exist in practically every school on San Pedro since 2008.