Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


This project discusses the risks associated with the establishment of exotic animals as well as management methods that have been employed throughout the world. Potentially invasive exotic animals are a particular problem in Puerto Rico. However, the Commonwealth does not currently have a protocol for the disposition of acquired animals and their preventative policies require renovation. In this report we make recommendations to alleviate these problems. In addition, we present a template for a centralized database that will allow information regarding smuggled exotic animals in Puerto Rico to be shared among environmental agencies on the Island, which will help these agencies to coordinate and concentrate their efforts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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