This has been one of our most positive years yet, with more people reaching out to us to assist wildlife in danger than in the previous 4 years. We're seeing more people interested in finding long-term solutions to safely live alongside crocodiles, an overall greater interest, respect and care for the welfare of the native crocodiles, and more people wanting to volunteer their time to further conservation efforts on the land, sea and lagoons.
2018 has seen organizations and individuals hosting numerous cleanups of the environment and pulled literally tons of trash from the mangroves, land, and waters on every occasion. Vigilant citizens have alerted us to crocodiles in perilous situations, and assisted us in the rescue of many other species of wildlife throughout the year. Children at schools and summer camps have rewarded our visits by demonstrating knowledge retained from previous presentations, and assistance from the public during late night and early morning rescues have left us humbled by the compassion for crocodiles we have witnessed time and time again.
Everything we've seen and everything San Pedro achieved this year wouldn't have been possible without involvement from a community that cares and we want to extend a huge thank you! There are so many people and organizations who have supported us, from people volunteering their time and energy to remove trash from our precious mangroves, donating supplies for crocodile coexistence projects, and donating funds to our overall mission of preserving our wildlife and environment. We are so very grateful for everything the growing community has accomplished this year.
We hope you enjoy the recap of 2018! It was very hard to pick and choose moments to include in this video because there were so many good ones!
Special thanks to:
- Belize Forest Department (the governmental department under which we are permitted)
- Fondation Brigitte Bardot (ACES key benefactor)
- Ryan Ancona (first mate/volunteer)
- Victoria Fearneyhough (volunteer)
- Thomas (volunteer)
- Raven Schuman & Ciaran O' Mordha (interns)
- Mayan Man (for all he does for recycling and waste management on the island)
- MJ Leslie (hosting and assisting with cleanups)
- Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter (hosting largest cleanup the island has ever seen)
- #EVERYBODY who has joined us on our evening educational excursions and provided us with the funding that allows us to be on call 24/7
- And Last but not least, Vince and Cherie Renee Chenot-Rose, without whom, there would be no ACES
- Victoria Fearneyhough (volunteer/photos),
- Kip Smith of Wildlife Encounters (volunteer/photo),
- Karen Brodie Photography (photos),
- Amanda Hodge Johnson (photos),
- The San Pedro Sun (photos),
- Sandbar San Pedro and Wayo's Beach Bar (sponsors for boat parade) Microchip Systems (croc tagging technology)
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