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This new, thoroughly updated and lavishly illustrated fourth edition of Bradt’s Galápagos Wildlife is packed with information and magnificent pictures to aid in identifying key species, all in an easy-to-carry format that covers everything from the wildlife that you’re likely to encounter, whether flying in the air, running along the ground or swimming underwater, to a succinct history of the islands, their habitats and volcanic origins. This guide includes the most detailed descriptions and maps of the main visitor sites of any book in print, so you can see where a boat will land and what can be seen there – enabling you to plan effectively for a rewarding visit. An overview of conservation efforts is also included, as are unique island trail plans for those looking to explore.Written and illustrated by two expert-naturalist guides, who have both been visiting the islands for decades, this new edition covers all the latest information, from the discovery of an ‘extinct’ tortoise species not seen for over 100 years on Fernandina island and the discovery of new rare ‘pink iguanas’ on Isabela island’s Wolf volcano (the highest point on the Galápagos), to the change in taxonomy of ‘Darwin’s finches’ and the new species status of the almost-extinct little vermillion flycatcher. Snorkelling with sea lions, penguins and sharks at Devil’s Crown, Floreana is included, as is kayaking in pristine locations such as Española’s Gardiner Bay.Travelling to the Galápagos is a rite of passage for serious wildlife enthusiasts. Now with more detailed descriptions, more photos, and updated information on conservation efforts, Bradt's Galápagos Wildlife is the perfect companion for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784777470
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2023
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 158,388
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Horwell first went to the Galápagos in 1978 and became a licensed naturalist guide. He has been involved with the islands’ tourism and conservation ever since. Today, he is a tour operator, photographer and writer who specialises in the Galápagos and all Latin America. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, his photographs have been published in magazines from The Sunday Times to Wanderlust. He has travelled extensively throughout South America, both alone and leading special-interest groups. Based in Britain, David now runs Select Latin America (, frequently taking small groups to Galápagos and Ecuador, and offers advice to independent travellers.Pete Oxford, a professional naturalist and photographer, first visited the Galápagos in 1985. He became a licensed guide in 1987, while living in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. After 35 years residing in Ecuador he has recently moved to South Africa but still regularly visits the islands. His photographs have appeared in all the major magazines in his field including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Geo, International Wildlife and Smithsonian. He has featured ten times in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He has written fourteen books, four of them on the Galapagos Islands. Pete is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers ( Oxford and his wife are co-owners and operators of Pete Oxford Expeditions (, leading responsible travel to some of the world’s richest cultures and most biodiverse and pristine areas of our planet.

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Punta Suarez

From the moment the dinghy heads to the rocky point you are spell-bound by surfing young sea lions, and a reception committee of their parents barking on the tiny beach. A promontory of wave-rounded boulders protects the landing from some of the biggest waves in the archipelago. Large marine iguanas lie motionless like sentinels upon the rocks - here more colorful than elsewhere with hues of red and green. First you walk South through dense saltbush then... the trail continues on through a colony of Nazca boobies at the western edge of the island. The trail dips down to an eroded pebble beach; tread carefully as marine iguanas nest here! A pair of oystercatchers can usually be heard as you step into their domain. All along the coast the distinctive red-billed tropic birds utter their screeching alarm call, and if you are lucky can spot them entering a cave where they nest. Boobies will keep a watchful eye for a Galápagos hawk that will pick off any chicks left unguarded. The lava lizards are bigger here than other islands, especially the black-spotted males and the mockingbirds also differ with longer bills and aggressive behaviour, e.g. perching on tourists' hats.

Table of Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Galápagos Chapter 2 Habitats Chapter 3 Plants Chapter 4 Invertebrates Chapter 5 Reptiles Tortoises Turtles Lizards and SnakesChapter 6 Birds Land BirdsSeabirdsShore BirdsChapter 7 Mammals Sea LionsWhales and DolphinsLand MammalsChapter 8 The Seashore Chapter 9 Underwater Bony Fishes Sharks and RaysChapter 10 Island Landings and Visitor Sites Chapter 11 Conservation Appendices Glossary Further Reading Index
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