Pan Animalia Project

Tour Programme Proposal 2021

This pandemic has hit us all in different ways, some worse than others, but it is exactly now that we need to stand tall, reach out and support one another. New times, new goals and a new way of living is what awaits us; it’s time to grow, teach, change, dare and give. For this reason, Adventure Journeys began searching for alliances in our country, alliances that will help expose a different reality, the Ecuadorian one. We have had the pleasure of meeting entrepreneurs, and above all, people who love what they do.

Please join us as we tell you about one of our projects in the enchanted Galápagos islands. It is common knowledge that the Galápagos Islands are a true natural wonder, where you can go snorkeling in ancient lava tunnels and strolling on white sandy beaches, listening to a sea lions’ concert in San Cristobal, and walking amongst the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. However, did you know that there is another side that most travelers are unaware of?

A survey in 2018 found that the suspected population of domestic dogs on Santa Cruz island alone was 3,886, an increase of 55% from 2014. There is currently no data to indicate the number of cats present within the urban areas. The domesticated animal population is continuing to grow across the islands, which can result in predation, competition, encroachment, and disease transmission to the endemic wildlife of the islands. Appropriate veterinary care and education is critical to prevent this.
Pam Animal Project
Dog Protection Program


When Fatima moved to Galapagos in 2016, she realized very quickly that the animal protection and conservation on Galapagos counts only for the beautiful wild animals but not for the introduced domestic ones; so, in February 2016 she rescued Shanty, a small puppy wondering alone the streets of Galapagos.

It was clear from then on what became her passion and dream: to help and rescue the mistreated, unwanted and abandoned animals in need. Fatima and her husband started sharing their home with stray animals, mostly dogs, however you can find some: pigs, cats, ducks and even a rooster. Their dream is a future with more education about pets in Galapagos and much more responsibility from the pet owners, and, in a near future, building all the necessary infrastructure to be able to keep on rescuing more animals in need.

The Galápagos Animal Doctors (Pan Animalia Galápagos) is a veterinary program that aims to promote animal health and welfare through the services it provides at its veterinary clinic in Puerto Ayora.
Set up by Dr. Benjamin Howitt and Dr. Erika Medrano, the objectives of this project include promoting sterilization and vaccination, community engagement, education, and training the next generation of veterinarians.

Whereas the core to their mission is to provide accessible and professional veterinary care to the growing number of animals on the Galápagos, a conflict arises between these animals and the endemic wildlife in the Galápagos' fragile ecosystem. This has made the importance and need of population management through sterilization very visible. The Galápagos Animal Doctors team are there to support and collectively aid existing government programs to tackle this.

Pan Animalia Galápagos is currently in the process of being registered as a local foundation in the Galápagos islands. This foundation will be responsible for the Galápagos Animal Doctors Clinic and will be supported by us, a local operator & the first one to do so, plus two international foundations, the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) and Pan Animalia UK.


Be like Charles Darwin & leave your footprint behind. Join one of our Galapagos adventures and be part of this meaningful experience!
  • Patitas Galapagueñas (30-45 mins)
    • This is an unofficial animal refuge site beyond Bellavista that currently houses 25 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 pigs. It is a family home that has re-purposed the land to accommodate the animals.
    • This will be led by a member of the GAD staff. The owner will have the opportunity to chat about certain cases and animals, providing background stories. Tourists will have time to interact with the dogs, take photos, and ask questions.
  • Galápagos Animal Doctors Clinic (20 mins)
    • Upon entering the clinic, staff members will give a tour of the facility (e.g., operating room, lab, consultation room, kennels etc), as well as provide some facts and statistics about their work. There will be a discussion about the conflict between domestic animals and wildlife.
    • There may be procedures going on at the time the tour turns up.
    • There will be opportunities to: a) buy a pet collar b) donate to the site c) get further information to get involved.
    Do note that just £18 ($25) can get one Cat health checked, sterilized, and wormed.
  • Volunteering
    The volunteer programme is in development and is a fundamental part to the successful operation of the project. We are finalizing the programme’s details and looking for students, vets, nurses, and techs to join us and visit the Galápagos islands. This programme will consist of both teaching and educational opportunities for students and will involve helping to run and support the clinical and surgical work. This volunteer opportunity will also offer a chance for volunteers to explore the islands on their days off.
Pan Animalia has had a great number of people sign up on their website (, and full details of the programme and dates will be advertised and published very soon to those who have registered.

  • Donations & Contributions
    We are committed to this project, and since we are the first tour operator to work side-by-side with Pan Animalia Galápagos, we will be a constant donor in order to cover some of the medical expenses needed for their sterilization campaigns. We know that this is a rather uncommon way of conservancy (considering all the other projects that do take place in the archipelago), however, a needed one.
It fills our hearts with joy to help this project and we look forward to the achievements that Dr. Benjamin Howitt (founder), together with the Pan Animalia team and us, Adventure Journeys, will bring upon ourselves & the Galápagos Islands. “The Galapagos Animal Doctors project has taken a tremendous amount of passion and commitment by the team at Pan Animalia Galápagos, and we couldn’t be where we are without the fantastic support of those who recognize the importance of this work to help protect the Galapagos’ biodiversity. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with Adventure Journeys, who share a core passion in supporting and driving charitable grass-root community programmes. We know that 2021 will be an exciting year for all of us

Dr. Ben Howitt BVSc
Pan Animalia Galápagos Founder

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