Galapagos Animals

The Galapagos animals are unique in the world due to its exotic wildlife and environment that can only be seen in this group of beautiful and enchanted islands located in the Pacific Ocean.


Animals in the Galapagos are unafraid of man and they are so different from any others found elsewhere. This fact make visitors wonder about their very existence on our planet.

Galapagos wildlife is one of the major attractions these Islands have to offer to its thousands of visitors each year.

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Galapagos Penguins:

These Galapagos animals congregate along the rocky lava shores of Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, and Bartolome, islands cooled off by both the Cromwell and Humboldt currents.

The Humboldt Current is the one that brought them all the way up to these tropical latitudes. More About Galapagos Penguins Here

Red-billed Tropic Bird:

Is one of the most fanciful visions of the Galapagos Island wildlife, when it zips by into the horizon, or dives straight at a breakneck speed into the waves.

Like the Waved Albatross, this is a pelagic feeder. Pelagic comes from the Greek word pelagos, meaning oceanic going.

Waved Albatross:

Is the Islands' largest bird. If there's one event that can be labeled impressive, attractive and even comical at times, it must be the courtship ritual of the waved albatross.

Such courtship is more than just a mere reproductive prelude.

It is, without a doubt, one of the most important attractions among Galapagos animals and it only occurs in the months of April, May and June of each year. More About Albatross Bird Here

Blue Footed Boobies:

Are one of the most attractive sea birds in Galapagos, especially because of their visually-attractive blue feet.

These Galapagos animals mate opportunistically and this means in not depending on a calendar basis, but more on the food availability found in the ocean. Here's More About Blue Footed Boobies

Galapagos Pelican:

The brown pelican in Galapagos has an exceptional and graceful flying. You will see them always flying elegantly over the water, many times plunge diving and also resting in mangrove trees, it is truly a breathtaking experience. The Galapagos pelicans are considered to be an endemic subspecies. Read More About the Galapagos Pelican

Nazca boobies:

These Galapagos birds are the largest of the three species. Big nesting colonies are found in Genovesa and Espanola Islands in Galapagos. More About Nazca Boobies

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Lava Gull Bird:

Is an endemic sea bird. Endemism in sea birds is low due to their high dispersal ability, but given the right isolating conditions, the resulting adaptations are quite interesting. More About Lava Gull Bird Here

Galapagos Hawk:

Is one of the largest birds of the Galapagos Islands, It is an endemic species.

These Galapagos animals (buzzard-like bird) will feed on lava lizards, snakes, young marine iguanas, chicks of sea birds, and other small vertebrates. Read More About Galapagos Hawks

Galapagos Finches:

Are the greatest natural history birds that can be certainly felt when experiencing the Darwin's works.

There are a total of 14 species of Darwin's Finches, and all belong to the Passerine group (finches, sparrows, etc).

The Galapagos Islands feel proud about renaming with a bird species "the Galapagos Finches" that will remain as living proof of evolutionary importance in modern thinking. More About Darwins Finches Here

Most of the birds in Galapagos are endemic to these unique Islands of Galapagos.

Good and concise descriptions on each bird, from waved albatrosses to blue and red footed birds, from nazca boobies to flightless cormorants can be read on this Galapagos Birds Page

Galapagos Snake:

There are three species of snakes in Galapagos and all are endemic to the islands. Learn More About Galapagos Snakes

Galapagos Iguanas:

These Galapagos animals are classified in 2 species: Land and Marine.

Galapagos Land Iguana:

Galapagos land iguana is the larger reptile of the Galapagos Islands and will always remain a highlight during your visit.

Galapagos land iguanas are amazing reptiles that add a great amount of color, and importance to the arid zone of the Islands. More About Galapagos Land Iguana here

Galapagos Marine Iguana:

These reptiles are called: "Imps of darkness". With such name, no wonder the marine iguana is the most unusual.

Endemic to the Islands, they are the only sea-going lizards in the world. In fact, there's nothing like them on the planet. Learn More About Galapagos Marine Iguana

Galapagos Giant Tortoises:

These are the Galapagos animals that gave the official name to these set of beautiful Islands.

There are 15 sub-species of Galapagos tortoises. Some prefer the upland zones of the large islands because of humidity, grassy pastures and small ponds to drink and stagger about.

Others prefer Islands with low elevations, dry terrain, and with lots of prickly vegetation like cactus.

The largest populations of these Galapagos animals are found in Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island, and in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Galapagos giant tortoises keep growing for 30 or 40 years to almost 5 feet (1.5 m.) and weigh about 500 pounds (230 kg.)

It is worth mentioning that no one knows exactly how long Galapagos giant tortoises live, but it seems they can easily reach 150 years! More About Galapagos Giant Tortoise here

Sea Lions and Fur Sea Lions:

The two species that inhabit the Galapagos are the Galapagos Sea Lions and the Galapagos Fur Seals

While the two species inhabit the shores of these volcanic islands, both have striking differences.

These Galapagos animals are mostly behavioral and physical. The Galapagos Fur Sea Lion (incorrectly called fur seal, as there are no true seals in Galapagos) is an endemic species to the Islands, and prefers rocky coastlines.

Galapagos Sea Lions, on the other hand, live in both types of habitat. Fur sea lions carry a heavy coat; an outer layer of fur, and an under fur. See the Differences Between the Galapagos Sea Lions and Fur Sea Lions

Galapagos Shark:

Has a cartilaginous skeletal system (not bones) and a bad reputation. Sharks are fish that also inhabit the waters of the Galapagos Islands.

It is really too bad that the sharks' reputation has given them the nickname man eaters, since out of the 350 species of sharks, few actually have attacked humans. More About the Galapagos Shark Here

Hammerhead Sharks:

They also inhabit the waters of Galapagos Islands, and they can be seen almost in every island of Galapagos. Learn More About Hammerhead Sharks

Out of the many marine wonders of these Islands, Galapagos fish, represent one of the most amazing features to those that enjoy Scuba Diving in Galapagos and Snorkeling or watch the marine realm in the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos fish fauna is unique since there is no other tropical place on Earth that delivers several marine provinces in the same geographical location. Here's More Information About Galapagos Fish

Galapagos Dolphins:

There are two species that live in the Galapagos Islands, these are the Bottle Nosed Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis).

There are 3 more species that visit these Islands frequently too. Here's a Review About the Galapagos Dolphins

Galapagos Crabs:

These Galapagos animals are one of the Most Colorful in the Islands, they are very fast and always in activity. Read More About Galapagos Crabs

Galapagos is a Marine Reserve and this is the only protected coastal marine area in the Southeast Pacific, and the second largest Marine Reserve in the world. More About the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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