Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Predation by nonnative rats, as well as habitat modification and destruction, threaten the tree boa.
The Virgin Islands tree boa has been bred successfully in captivity at the Toledo Zoo. Also, additional populations recently have been found on mainland Puerto Rico in Luquillo and Cayo Diablo and on the nearby island of Culebra. The successful elimination of rats on Cayo Ratones, Puerto Rico, has prepared the way for releases of captive bred tree boas in the near future.
Protection of habitat, captive propagation, and predator control are primary needs.
Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources: The Department is cooperating on rat control with the Toledo Zoo and Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Toledo Zoo: In cooperation with the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, the Toledo Zoo's captive breeding program has resulted in more than 100 additional boas.
Plan approved 3/27/86.