Island Conservation Is Committed to the Protection of Island Life

Mission Statement

Island Conservation’s mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.

History
Island Conservation began as a network of conservationists in 1994 and became a charitable organization in 1997. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species; develop comprehensive and humane plans for the removal of invasive species; implement the removal of invasive species; and conduct research—conservation measures—to understand the ecosystem changes and benefits to inform future conservation action.

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. Removing a primary threat—introduced invasive vertebrates—is one of the most critical interventions for saving threatened plants and animals and restoring island ecosystems. Of the 245 recorded animal extinctions since 1500, 80 percent were on islands. When causes could be determined, nonnative, invasive species were responsible for 54 percent of these island extinctions.

To date, Island Conservation has deployed teams to protect 994 populations of 389 species on 52 islands.