St. Croix Agave Plant
Saving An Endangered Species
An endangered species of century plant that is endemic to St. Croix. Although its existing natural range is limited to a few relatively isolated populations, primarily along St. Croix’s south shore, there is high potential for recovery due to its easy propagation. In fact, it is not uncommon to find A. eggersiana used in landscaping throughout St. Croix. Agave populations within the natural range are threatened by human induced fires, competition with exotic plants and habitat loss.
The S.E.A. is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners of Fish and Wildlife Program to increase the Agave population through plant propagation and landowner agreements, an updated population assessment, monitoring of the invasive agave weevil, and public outreach.
St. Croix Ground Lizard
The St. Croix Ground Lizard is an endangered lizard, endemic to St. Croix. It was extirpated from the main island of St. Croix by mongoose, an invasive species, and now its entire worldwide range is limited to four small islands offshore of St. Croix. SEA has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History to implement conservation actions and provide education about this unique and beautiful lizard.