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About Us

Teyeliz was created in 1995 to address the growing problem of poaching and collecting wild specimens for illegal domestic and international trade.

It remains the only organization in Mexico dedicated to combating this threat that has brought many species to the brink of extinction.


Our mission is to protect and conserve biodiversity by fighting against illegal wildlife trade


Our vision is to reduce illegal trade in threatened and endangered species to minimum levels that guarantee the survival of wild populations of animals and plants.

Our work encompasses research on illegal wildlife trade, awareness campaigns to reduce illegal demand for wildlife, advocacy for changes in national and international laws that favor conservation, and the promotion of sustainable non-extractive use of wildlife.

We believe that legal wildlife trade, if not subject to strict regulation, control and supervision by government authorities, only leads to legal and illegal over-exploitation. This situation has been documented many times in Mexico with different groups of species that led to the reduction of their population, bringing them close to the brink of extinction and finally to a total trade ban to try to recover the species.

People who used to use these species should be informed about the changes in the law, the serious situation of the species and be educated about the proper sustainable use of the species, as well as how to participate in their conservation. We have carried out all these activities and have evidence that they work to the benefit of the species, their habitats and the local communities that use them.

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Teyeliz has been a member of the

Species Survival Network (SSN) since 1996.


SSN is an international coalition of organizations committed to the strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to prevent the over-exploitation of animals and plants due to international trade.

Our president is the Regional Coordinator for Central and South America and the Caribbean of the Species Survival Network.