Posts Tagged ‘Animals & Birds’

Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets The official hurricane season here in the Caribbean runs from June 1st to November 30th. While the government and news stations stress the importance of being prepared in case of a hurricane, preparing your pets for potential storms is often overlooked. As animal lovers, we here at GoToStCroix.com want to make…

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St. Croix ‘Animal Jam’ Raises Funds for Animal Welfare

St. Croix 'Animal Jam' Raises Funds for Animal Welfare

One of my favorite things about St. Croix from day one has been the way that most people here truly treat their pets like a member of the family (as they should).  Unfortunately, like many places worldwide, St. Croix has a problem with pet overpopulation – so, not all of our pets have a family. …

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Humpback Whale

Humpback whales! I was having dinner at Eat @ Cane Bay with my family when I noticed some of the staff and customers were standing up and intently peering out over the water. I happened to turn around in my seat just in time to see something breach the water off in the distance. We started…

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Senepol Cattle

Senepol Cattle are a beautiful species of cattle that is native to St. Croix. The feed on the lush green hills on the west end of the island. This breed of cattle was bred to stand up to island conditions such as drought and heat. Two major working cattle farms still exist on St. Croix, Castle…

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Mongoose

Mongoose are like the curious little mascot of St. Croix. Mongoose is the popular English name species in the 14 genera of the Herpestidae family , which are small carnivorans that are native to southern Eurasia and mainland Africa. You’ll catch these quick little rodents scurrying across the road, or even taunting an iguana. Mongoose were brought to the island to…

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Iguanas

Iguanas Look in trees, mangroves and scurrying across the road for this pre-historic looking reptile. Iguanas are native to the Caribbean where they like the sun and warm waters just as much as you do! Babies are brightly colored and FAST! Adult males can be dark green or blue and can grow up to six…

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Hermit Crabs

Hermit Crabs First thing’s first: do not take these cute crustaceans home to keep as a pet. They live here for a reason. When the animal that lives inside the hard shell grows, he searches for and moves into a new, larger home! You can find hermit crabs on the outskirts of the beach, but…

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Gecko

Gecko, Anole Commonly referred to as a House Gecko; they are EVERYWHERE on St. Croix! Geckos are cute, fun to watch and totally harmless. In fact, people allow them to stay in their homes because they eat the bugs!

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Donkeys

Donkeys Donkeys were brought here by colonists from under every flag. They are traditionally work animals. On St. John, you might be awakened in the middle of the night by the breigh of a feral donkey wandering in the bush. On St. Croix, no feral donkeys, but you can see them during parades and even…

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Deer

Deer Yep, deer on the island. They were brought here in the 1700’s for sport. No hunting is allowed of these gentle animals. They exist from the east to the west ends of St. Croix and are much smaller than their stateside cousins.

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Chickens

Chickens A.K.A. Yard Birds. These cluckers are pretty much feral and run amuck all over the island. You’ll see them in town, hens with chicks, roosters crowing. Some locals do care and feed for them, and even collect their eggs and provide a safe place to roost. For the most part, it is just plain…

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Bats

Bats Right at dusk, you can catch glimpses of these fast-flying mammals. They fly out from under roof eaves, caves, and even abandoned structures to feed on insects; which really helps keeps the mosquito population down! If you are relaxing by the pool, you might even see them skim the water. No need to be…

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Senepol Cattle : A Crucian Breed

Senepol Cattle - A Crucian Breed

It all started a long time ago in 1860 when a man named George Elliott decided to import 60 Senegalese (N’Dama) heifers and two bulls from Senegal West Africa. Mr. Henry Nelthropp, owner of Granard Estates, immediately started buying offspring from Elliott and by 1889 the herd at Granard Estate had grown to 250 cattle.…

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A Trip to the St. Croix Avian Sanctuary with Toni Lance

A Trip to the St. Croix Avian Sanctuary with Toni Lance

There’s a good chance, if you live on St. Croix that you’ve heard of Toni Lance, St. Croix’s “Bird Lady,” as she has been dubbed. A lifelong bird and animal lover, Toni turned her passion for these animals into her life’s work. Her passion is reflected in her both her  artwork and her dedication to…

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