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Name  Juan Rivero

Died  March 3, 2014
Juan A. Rivero Dr Juan A Rivero Quintero Founder of the only Zoo in Puerto Rico
Books  Los anfibios y reptiles de Puerto Rico: The amphibians and reptiles of Puerto Rico
Education  Harvard University (1953), University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (1945)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, Latin America & Caribbean

Dr juan a rivero s introduction of the puerto rico parrot genome project

Dr. Juan Arturo Rivero Quintero (March 5, 1923 – March 3, 2014) was a Puerto Rican biologist who founded the Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo at the University of Puerto Rico's Mayagüez Campus.


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Dr. Rivero obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 1945. In 1942 he joined the Beta-Activo Chapter of Phi Sigma Alpha Fraternity. In 1951 he obtained an M.S. from Harvard University, followed by a Ph.D. from that same institution in 1953.

Academic career

After obtaining his bachelor's degree, Dr. Rivero served as an Assistant Plant Physiologist, Instructor, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor before becoming a full Professor of Biology at UPR-Mayagüez in 1958. After founding the institution's zoo in 1954, he served as its first director, as well as founder and director of the UPR's Institute of Marine Biology. From 1959 to 1960 he served as director of the Biology Department and from 1962 to 1966, as Dean of Arts and Sciences, oversaw the work of over 200 faculty members and a two million dollar annual budget. Between 1966 and 1968, he served as a Research Associate at Harvard University and Visiting Scientist at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Investigation.

Other accomplishments

In addition to founding the Mayagüez Zoo, Puerto Rico's only zoological garden, it was named after him in 1998.

He discovered over a hundred animal species, particularly amphibians and reptiles.

He was the founder and first president of the Puerto Rico Zoological Society, as well as of the Association of Island Marine Laboratories.

In addition to writing over 200 papers and articles, he wrote numerous books, including:

Los coquíes de Puerto Rico El Coquí Dorado de Puerto Rico y otras Ranas de Hábitos Reproductivos Peculiares Anfibios y Reptiles de Puerto Rico Anfibios y Reptiles de Nuestro Folklore Los Machos, las Hembras y los Intersexos Biología del Sexo Principios de Evolución Orgánica Los Helechos Cuernos de Alce o Platicerios Salientia de Venezuela Expedición de la UPR a las Selvas del Alto Orinoco 1950 El Dolor de la Espalda Baja

He wrote the Phi Sigma Alpha "Brindis" or toast.

Species named after Dr. Rivero

Several species have been named to honor Dr. Rivero's contributions to science, including:

Geomelania riveroi Clench (snail) Hemitrochus riveroi Turner (mollusk) Glomeridesmus riveroi Chamberlin (miriapod) Ballophilus riveroi Chamberlin (miriapod) Prostherapis riveroi Donoso-Barros (frog) Atractus riveroi Roze (snake) Hyla riveroi Cochran & Goin (frog) Processa riveroi Manning & Chace (crustacean) Leptodactylus riveroi Heyer (frog) Marshallela riveroi Ramos (frog) Eleutherodactylus juanariveroi Ríos-López & Thomas (frog)


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