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Jan 11, 2017

“Jaws” Makes the Move from San Pedro to Sandhill

Jaws caused a spectacle today at the Quality Poultry Products compound on North Front Street in Belize City. The eight-foot croc was transferred from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary in San Pedro to Belize City via boat before his handlers placed him in the cab of a pickup truck and whisked him off to his new home in Sandhill. News Five’s Duane Moody was on hand and has this report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Meet twelve-year-old Jaws – he is a crocodile that was captured by American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, better known as ACES, back in 2011 on San Pedro. Today, almost six years later, Jaws was brought via Quality Poultry Products boat to Belize City and was transported to his new home at Rainforest Adventure Tours in Sandhill, a new tourism venture by businessman David Gegg.

 

Vincent Rose

Vincent Rose, Founder, ACES

“We finally get to put a special crocodile into a large pen which he has to remain captive for the rest of his life due to an injury he suffered at an early age and because he was being fed by humans.”

 

The large reptile measures up to eight feet in length, but was injured some time aback. It was removed from the wild because it was posing a threat to residents in San Pedro.  He joined the almost two dozen crocodiles currently living in captivity.

 

Vincent Rose

“It is being sponsored by the Bridget Bardot foundation, who has been caring for this croc for many years as one of our yearly benefactors. She gracefully donated the funds to have the pen built where we are moving him. So Jaws is internationally known. His story is, because he had a severe bottom jaw macheted off at a young age, some locals in a pond decided to feed him. They felt sorry for him but unfortunately that crocodile no longer feared humans and it had to go into captivity for two reasons—one, it obviously lost its fear or humans and two it wasn’t really able to eat properly missing its lower jaw. So we took him in the ACES facility and he’s been in a very small holding cell for many years because we have been trying to rebuild ACES.”

 

According to ACES founder Vincent Rose, the organization has been operational in Belize since 2004, saving people’s lives. The new move will educate humans on how to coexist with wildlife.

 

Vincent Rose

“There will be zip-lining, kayaking, I think a little Mayan village thing and I then of course we will have the crocodile sanctuary there to educate the public, tourists, locals, anybody willing to come. We will educate on how important it is to have these crocodiles in the environment. There is a reason why they need to be in the environment.”

 

Duane Moody

“So basically Jaws will be a feature at this park?”

 

Vincent Rose

“Correct, jaws will definitely be a feature and he will be a spokesman for crocodile conservation and education.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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