Removal of Ferals to Preserve Ecosystems

Galapagos CIMEI Endorsement

SPECIEES is proud to have earned the endorsement of the Interinstitutional Committee for the Managmement and Control of Introduced Species which is mandated to control and manage invasive species in the Galapagos Islands.

CIMEI supports the U.S. based non-governmental organization: SPECIEES
(The) Society (to) Prevent Exotic Contamination (of) Island Eco-Systems (and) Endangered Species


CIMEI is the government organization that controls the introduced animals on the Galapagos Islands. Our work ranges from fumigation preventing mosquitoes from spreading dengue fever to pet registration and sterilization.

The Special law of Galapagos prohibits the introduction of non-native plants and animals to the archipelago. The animals already present are allowed to remain on the islands under very strict rules. Unfortunately not all animals have yet been spayed or neutered and also some animals are being smuggled onto the islands.

CIMEI in partnership with several other organizations is targeting the smuggling operations and continues to inform the people of the need to have their animals sterilized. Unfortunately this is not enough; there is now a need to start moving the animals off the islands as their numbers are still rising.

SPECIEES is exactly the organization we are looking for and timing is perfect. Relocation is the only solution that can assure not only the recovery of the indigenous wildlife; it also prevents the unwanted introduced animals from being euthanized and offers them a second chance in a good home mostly in the US.

SPECIEES founder and president is Allison Lance. Allison has been returning to work in the Galapagos since 2000. She has experience in many of the aspects of conservation due to her work with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Animal Balance.

SPECIEES will be setting up an animal shelter on Santa Cruz Island which will be operated by someone from the local community. The local representative will actively be looking for people to adopt animals from the shelter.


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