Wildlife of the Galapagos:by Julian Fitter, David Hosking, Daniel Fitter
Pub. Date: 07/01/2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The Galápagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species/i>… See more details below
The Galápagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text.
While the Galápagos Giant Tortoise, the Galápagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere.
There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin.
- Covers over 200 commonly seen species including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal and marine life
- Illustrated with over 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings; includes maps of visitors' sites
- Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area
- Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands
- The most complete identification guide to the wildlife of the Galápagos
Table of Contents
The Authors 5
Conservation Plea 7
National Park Rules 12
A Travellers' Guide to Safari Photography 14
Key to Species' Status 22
Aquatic Mammals 100
Land Mammals 112
Geology and Vulcanology 200
Ocean Currents and Climate--El Niño 212
Notes for the Visitor 221
Visitor Sites 222
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If you are going to take one book with you on your trip to the Galapagos, take this one. Several of us on the trip I recently went on had it along, and I didn't see any other compact general guide I thought was as good. Coverage of birds, reptiles, and mammals is quite complete. There are also sections on invertebrates, including insects and some other arthropods, and sea urchis and sea stars. There are write-ups about each species, and usually pretty good photographs. This will not be good for snorkeling, as there are no fish or other under sea denizens covered. Serious birders may also want to bring a book that focuses completely on birds.
Of course it is not completely "comprehensive", but I think most people traveling there would find it really helpful. It also covers some geology, ocean currents and climate, conservation issues, and some human history.
Because it is small (4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x < 1 inch) it is easy to carry as you are walking or spotting birds from a boat
This book was invaluable during our trip to the Galapagos, as we were able to identify the wide variety of wildlife we saw on our daily excursions. Its value increased even more upon our return, as we sought to identify the subjects of our photographs!