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“An awesome experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
No 5 Conch Shell Street | PO Box 183, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000, Belize
+501 621-3000
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Owner description: Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile eye-shine aboard the "Swamp Thing." Search for predatory crocodiles to capture, tag, & re-release to help ACES Biologists collect scientific data on Belize's wild & threatened American crocodiles. (ACES is permitted by the Belize Forest Department.) Your expedition takes you through mangrove islands & into the starlit night while searching for Isla Bonita's extraordinary, nocturnal wildlife and the infamous saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. Departing from "The Office Bar & Grill" at 6:30 pm, this extraordinary 2-3 hour expedition is only $50USD per person. All proceeds go to crocodile rescues, research, and education in Belize.
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“An awesome experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Met a couple in San Pedro who mentioned they were doing this trip. We said we'd love to join them, so through e-mails our new "friend" Amy, got a group together to go. We met at the Tiki bar. We were the first to arrive. Vince, Cherie and "the aussie" were our tour guides. Cherie's informative talk about the endangered crocs as very enlightening. She manned the spotlight looking for the red shining to the croc's eyes in the water. Vince was amazing. When we found a croc he got into the water (which was simply unbelievable because the water was sewage-filled and brackish to try to get the croc. The croc got away, but we saw several other crocs. They had also brought along several baby crocs and a bigger one, which we got to hold and then release. So glad we ran into the couple in San Pedro and had the opportunity to have this amazing experience. We'd been to Belize the year before and hadn't read about this experience, so felt very lucky we were in the right place at the right time and were able to participate. We definitely recommend the eco-trip. When we were at Belize International preparing to leave to the states, we ran into Cherie, and she greeted us warmly. Her grandmother had become suddenly ill, and she was flying to the states to see her. Please don't miss this excellent adventure.

Visited October 2013
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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Thanks for the great recommendation!! :)
Sorry we didn't catch anything for you that night but that's just how it goes sometimes when you're hunting wildlife( although I'm pretty sure Vince caught something swimming in that nasty part of the lagoon)!!
I'm glad you guys had a great time though, thanks very much for coming, and don't forget to look us up next time you're in town, we'd love to take you out again.

Regards

Chris Summers
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I really enjoyed learning about the crocodiles with Chris and watching him jump out of the boat to rescue a couple of crocs from under a dock or a flight of stairs. This was a great mix of adventure and education....and the money goes toward helping the crocodiles. Fun!!

Visited October 2013
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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thanks for the great review and thanks for coming!!
I'm glad we were out that night when and where we were, those 2 we caught definitely shouldn't have been living where they were as you know, and without the boat going out we never would have come across them, so good job on helping to save 2 little guys!! We haven't seen them since relocating them so hopefully they found themselves a nice little niche somewhere not too close to people!!
It was a pleasure meeting you, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation.

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Chris Summers
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“Not To Be Missed - A Gem of Your Belize Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I was on the first day of a week-long trip to Belize and had the good fortune to meet Chris, a conservationist and wrangler who works with ACES, and learned about their educational crocodile tour. This evening excursion on the lagoon looking for crocs to tag and checking in on the previously tagged crocs we came across, was the perfect way to start my trip and get up and close with the beauty and majesty of Belize. The American Crocodile is an endangered species and largely misunderstood. In having the opportunity to learn from Vince and Chris, first-rate experts, I walked away from it with both a greater understanding of this incredible reptile and a wonderful experience to share with my friends and family back home. This is a must for anyone visiting Ambergris Caye/ San Pedro in Belize!

Visited October 2013
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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Hey, I'm so glad you had a good time!! That was a really fun night. We had some quite feisty crocs on board that evening!!
There's nothing more rewarding for us than showing the beauty in what we see. Knowing that you walked away with a better understanding of these animals, that they're not just mindless eating machines, is exactly what we're going for. Crocs get a bad rap, and I'm glad after an evening with us that you might look at them differently.
Thanks very much for coming, and look us up next time you're in Belize

Regards

Chris Summers
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“Highlight of our Trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I booked this tour at the last minute after finding it on tripadvisor and am so happy I did. We did cavetubing, snorkeling, and golf carting. This was by far the best part of our trip. Vince & Cherie are so knowledgeable about the area and crocodiles. We tracked an 8 foot croc underneath a house boat and it was crazy to see Vince so brave in the water. We also released a 3 year old crocodile back into the area. Check this tour out just to hear their stories and knowledge of Belize. You'll definitely want to donate more to help this cause. Don't forget to bring a small bag/cooler with a few beers to enjoy on the trip!

Visited June 2013
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CrocsBelize, Owner at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Hi Kimberly!
We're so proud that we've manage to be the highlight of someone's trip to Belize once again!
Everyone that comes with us helps take a bite out of extinction! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and help spread the word of our crocodile conservation efforts.
Cheers,
C & V
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“Croc People are Great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I went crock hunting with Cherie and her husband while in San Pedro for our honeymoon. We really enjoyed the experience. Very informative and these croc people are so passionate about their work, it's just fun to watch. We didn't catch a croc while we were out, thought we got very close! We did get to handle a croc though, since Cherie had a few they were releasing that night into less polluted and less populated areas. So fun!

Visited October 2013
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CrocsBelize, Owner at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Congrats Newlyweds!
So honored to be a part of your new lives together. Who knows, maybe even your grandchildren will come out with us some night! :)
Thanks for taking the time to give us a review Amy,
C & V
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