ANIMALS & WILDLIFE

Adaptation, evolution, endemism and fearlessness are probably the concepts that best describe the only animals that complement the natural magic of the Galapagos Islands. The species that by chance were carried by ocean or air currents, managed to reach these isolated and remote islands, facing a very different and extreme environment. So, they had to adapt and evolve rapidly. Without large land predators on these remote islands, the animals lost their fear of being preyed upon. The result is a meekness difficult to find in wild species. The truly unique and fascinating forms and behaviors of these amazing species cannot be found anywhere else. They were, in fact, Charles Darwin’s inspiration for his Theory of Evolution.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

REPTILES

Galapagos Green Sea Turtle
Reptiles

Galapagos Green Sea Turtle

This beautiful and well-known turtle lays its eggs at the beaches of the Galapagos Islands, and will always return to the same nesting beach as part of their natural instinct....
Giant Tortoise – Lonesome George
Reptiles

Giant Tortoise – Lonesome George

These giant prehistoric-like animals are only found in the Galapagos Islands; 11 species different from each other, populate the islands. This specie played a very important role in Darwin’s Theory ...
Marine Iguana
Reptiles

Marine Iguana

This is the only marine species of lizard in the world; it has changed its behavior, diet and physiology through natural selection during thousands of years. ...
Galapagos Land Iguana
Reptiles

Galapagos Land Iguana

They are the land dragons of the archipelago with golden eyes and bright yellow and orange colors. It is one of the three endemic species of iguanas that inhabit the Galapagos. ...

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

SEA BIRDS

Cormorant
Sea Birds

Cormorant

This living example of the evolutionary processes lives on the rocky shores of the western side of the archipelago. Their shocking appearance is the result of the unique nature of the Galapagos. ...
Albatross
Sea Birds

Albatross

The largest and most elegant bird of the Galapagos, which migrates around the south pacific but would only reproduce in one island at the southeast of the archipelago....
Red Footed Booby
Sea Birds

Red Footed Booby

This bird is the smallest in size but is part of the largest population of boobies of the archipelago. The biggest nesting colony in the world is found in the Galapagos Islands....
Nazca Booby
Sea Birds

Nazca Booby

This bird is the largest, elegant and whitest of the boobies. Named Nazca boobie because of its inhabiting area...
Frigatebird
Sea Birds

Frigatebird

This bird has the largest ratio of wing area to body weight of any bird in the world. They seem to hang up in the sky when flying and are magnificent pirates for feeding....
Blue Footed Booby
Sea Birds

Blue Footed Booby

Their main feature is the bright blue color of their feet. Their clumsiness on the ground, lead the bobbie to be named by the Spanish “bobo”, from where boobie is used as its nickname......

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

SHORE BIRDS

American Oystercatcher
Shore Birds

American Oystercatcher

This funny looking bird is able to open the shells of crabs and mollusks and eat the content with its skillful beak. Their vocalizations are very easy to recognize among other birds....
Lava Heron
Shore Birds

Lava Heron

This bird is commonly seen in all of the islands, hunting near the water in search of crabs and small fish. Even though it is highly territorial, it is fearless to humans. ...
Great Blue Heron
Shore Birds

Great Blue Heron

They are the most solitary and mysterious birds of the Galapagos. This specie is well known around the globe because it can adapt to almost any wetland habitat. ...

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

FISH

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

LAND BIRDS

Yellow Warbler
Land Birds

Yellow Warbler

This colorful bird inhabits the Galapagos Islands and fills the lowlands with its beautiful melodies....
Mockingbird
Land Birds

Mockingbird

Mokingbird is the specie that turned into the first clue to understanding evolution. This curious little bird makes about forty different singing melodies and is known for its intelligence....
Owl
Land Birds

Owl

These nocturnal birds have very special hunting skills. In the Galapagos, they are considered one of the most feared and beautiful predators....
Peregrine Falcon
Land Birds

Peregrine Falcon

This is the fastest flying animal in the world and it inhabits the Galapagos Islands, as well as, many other locations around the globe....
Galapagos Hawk
Land Birds

Galapagos Hawk

This top predator doesn’t stop to amaze you, due to its curiosity of humans. They spot you from high up to take a closer look at visitors....

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

MAMMALS

Whales
Mammals

Whales

These marine mammals share the waters of the Galapagos with the rest of the marine life, they are known for covering hundreds of kilometers on their journeys....
Sea Lions
Mammals

Sea Lions

Sea lions are the most playful species in the islands. They are the most sociable and photogenic creatures that will welcome you cheerfully to the archipelago....
Fur Seal
Mammals

Fur Seal

Fur seal is the second species of sea lion, that can be found in the archipelago. Such species is more nocturnal and less social when compared to the sea lion. However, their wildness, impressive vis...

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