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The Puerto Rican Crested Toad: Once thought extinct, now recovering

The federally threatened Puerto Rican crested toad has experienced a dramatic reversal of fortunes, thanks, in part, to a successful captive breeding and release program... Read More

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Conserving the Elfin-woods Warbler in Puerto Rico

Agile and swift, small and restless, the elfin-woods warbler (Dendroica angelae) moves through the canopy as if playing hide-and-go-seek. There are 38 warbler species found in... Read More

Featured Species in Puerto Rico

Vahl's boxwood

Vahl's boxwood

Vahl's Boxwood is a rare plant that is native to Puerto Rico and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has probably never been very common, but its distribution has been reduced by deforestation and other human disturbance of its habitat.

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Vahl's boxwood.

Partnership Stories in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Parrot.  Photo credit: Tom MacKenzie, USFWS

Puerto Rican Parrot

This video, produced by Parrots International, focuses on the Puerto Rican Parrot—one of the ten rarest birds one earth. As of March 2006 there are 200 parrots counting both captive and wild birds. More »

Unique to Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rican parrots. Photo credit: MacKenzie, USFWS

    With less than 50 individuals in the wild, Puerto Rican parrots (Amazona vittatas) are considered one of the most endangered birds in the world. Threatened by rainforest deforestion, hunting, human activities and hurricanes, this beautiful green bird is the center of an intensive captive breeding program to help restore these birds to the wild. The parrot or "Iguaca" is important to Puerto Rico's natural and cultural history, and is a symbol of national pride and natural resources conservation.

    Photo credit: MacKenzie, USFWS

  • Capa rosa. Photo credit: Luis Rivera, USFS

    Endemic only to Puerto Rico, the capa rosa tree (Callicarpa ampla) is extremely rare and faces threats from forestation practices, construction of communication facilities, road construction, collection, and hurricanes. This evergreen tree is only found in the Luquillo Mountains, specifically in the Caribbean National Forest.

    Photo credit: Luis Rivera, USFS

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Last updated: June 4, 2020