Galapagos Wildlife

by David Horwell and  Pete Oxford

Publication Date:  08th Aug 2011


Galápagos Wildlife Guide – Tips and expert advice including species identification and practical field guide, endemic wildlife and flora and suggested itineraries. This guide also features tours and island visitor sites, Charles Darwin and evolution, conservation, natural history, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, birdwatching and wildlife tracking.

About this book

Travelling to the Galápagos to discover the unique flora and fauna that so captivated Darwin and the many that followed him is a rite of passage for serious wildlife enthusiasts. Written by two expert naturalists who are passionate about the Galápagos, this guide is packed with entertaining descriptions, while full-colour photography aids in identifying key species both on land and below water. Now with more detailed descriptions of island landing sites, more photos, and updated information on conservation efforts, Bradt’s Galápagos Wildlife is the perfect companion for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. For those looking to explore it also includes unique island trail plans.

About the Author

David Horwell, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is a tour operator, photographer and writer specialising in the Galápagos. Pete Oxford is a professional naturalist, based in Ecuador, who leads trips to the islands.


‘Bradt Travel Guides simply have the best wildlife coverage of any of the popular guide books.’
BBC Wildlife

‘A super book.’
W.C.S.F.O. Newsline

‘Extremely useful.’
Telegraph Travel

‘Galapagos Wildlife provides an excellent introduction to the islands and their wildlife’
Sunday Telegraph

‘Much more digestible than On the Origin of Species’

‘Indispensable guide to the local animals’

Recommended reading, National Geographic Traveller

Additional Information

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the Galápagos 1
Habitats 7
Plants 15
Invertebrates 27
Reptiles 33
Tortoises 35
Turtles 41
Lizards and Snakes 43
Birds 49
Land Birds 51
Seabirds 58
Shore Birds 76
Mammals 83
Sea Lions 85
Whales and Dolphins 90
Land Mammals 92
The Seashore 93
Underwater 97
Bony Fishes 100
Sharks and Rays 103
Island Landings and Visitor Sites 109
Conservation 141
Glossary 150
Further Reading 152
Index 153