Have you ever brought non-native animals to Antarctica?

Non-native animals are not allowed in Antarctica. We must be very careful not to accidentally introduce small insects or plant seeds when we visit – our boots and clothes must be thoroughly cleaned if they have ever been used elsewhere.

More information about accidental introduction of ‘aliens’ is covered in the Antarctic Treaty.


I am a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Univeristy, specialising in glaciology and glacial geology. I wrote and developed the AntarcticGlaciers.org website as part of an ongoing commitment to outreach, education and research impact. Read more about me at www.antarcticglaciers.org/bethan-davies.

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