The Galapagos Project

A Collaboration to Save Endangered Animals, Humanely Control Overpopulation, and Restore Ecological Balance

Galapagos Penguins
Opuntia Cactus
Lava Gull

A Unique Mission for an Exceptional Area of the World

The chain of 19 islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago have been called “a priceless living laboratory,” a melting pot of exceedingly rare animals that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

What many people don’t know is that in addition to the uninhabited islands, the Galapagos also has a substantial human population. Four of the islands are inhabited by 40,000 people, most of whom work as farmers, fishermen, and in the local wildlife tourism sector.

Both the animals and humans of this idyllic UNESCO World Heritage Site, however, are in jeopardy because of an overpopulation of rats on the islands. Previous attempts to control this threat have involved exterminating the rats with poison, often with unintended consequences.

The Galapagos Project, a program of WISDOM and Animal Balance in cooperation with the Agencia de Bioseguridad Galápagos (ABG) is launching a plan to restore balance to this area without resorting to poison. Help us today so that, together, we can bring humane wildlife population control to this extraordinary part of the world.

There is a better way

Our team has created, developed, and thoroughly field-tested an all-natural non-toxic food that renders both male and female rats infertile. By placing biodegradable feeding stations on the Galapagos Islands, we’ll be able to lower the risk to future generations of endemic species without poisons that could harm them and their habitat.

We have the technology, we have a plan, and our partners on the Galapagos Islands are eagerly awaiting our arrival. We have committed to a two-year project to achieve our goals.

Fertility Control: A Better Way

The rodent overpopulation on the Galapagos is threatening the very survival of endemic species, like the Pink Land Iguana and Galapagos Penguins, whose eggs and hatchlings are eaten by the rats. The rodents also threaten other animals and plants, including lava gulls, the palo santo tree and Opuntia cactuses.

Rats are also imperiling the livelihood and food source of the local population. Cargo ships do not always carry sufficient produce to the islands, meaning galapagueños are dependent on crops grown on the islands. Rodents are currently destroying this life-line and the farmers only resource to combat it is using poison.

There are obvious reasons why using poisons is not the optimal solution for this ecologically sensitive area. The endless corpses of rodents to be removed; the possible inadvertent impact on already endangered species; the danger of children or domestic animals being poisoned; and contamination of land and water.

Now All We Need is Your Help

The Galapagos Project must raise $100,000 to begin implementing this non-lethal  solution that will help several indigenous species not only survive but thrive in one of the most amazingly biodiverse areas of the world. Together, we can humanely bring balance to the Galapagos Islands.

Can we count on you to help?
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