dr. marilyn sandra cruz
Dr. Sandra Pia Marilyn Cruz Bedon, has been a close partner on the Galapagos Islands to Animal Balance for many years. She is a native Galapaganian and the first Executive Director of the Agency for Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG), which was created as an agency of the Ministry of Environment in Ecuador. Her mandate as the leader of this agency is to control, regulate, prevent and decrease the risk of the introduction, movement and dispersion of exotic organisms by any means in the urban and rural areas of the archipelago.
Dr. Cruz, graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Higher Institute of Agricultural Sciences of Havana, Cuba, and has 16 years of experience in the management, monitoring and surveillance of Galápagos endemic wildlife. She has also provided technical advice in the areas of control of introduced animals and in response to health emergencies. In addition, since January 2011, she was the Provincial Director of the Ecuadorian Agribusiness Quality Assurance Agency (Agrocalidad) in Galápagos, an institution that until the issuance of the Decree 1319 partially fulfilled the functions of the ABG.
While Dr. Cruz has wide-ranging responsibilities for monitoring all introduced species into the Galapagos Islands, she has always been sensitive to the importance of community-based programs to promote spay/neuter of Galapagos cats and dogs, in order to protect endemic animals in the archipelago.