Traveling 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-color photography aids in identifying key species both on land and below water. [HelenC1] 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.
David Horwell, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is a tour operator, photographer and writer specializing in the Galápagos. Pete Oxford is a professional naturalist, based in Ecuador, who leads trips to the islands.
An Introduction to the Galápagos
Island Landings and Visitor Sites
“A super book”
Galápagos Island archipelago, Pacific Ocean, 1,000km west of Ecuador coast
· In September 2010, UNESCO removed the ‘at risk' status of the World Heritage site. The endemic species are being monitored and some are in danger, but there has been positive action. Since the last edition there has been great success with ecosystem restoration by the National Park Service, in particular the elimination of goats and other invasive species from several islands.
· Tourism and immigration have grown exponentially so the careful management of the islands and their future is still essential.
· New forms of tourism such as sport fishing, surfing and hotel-based trips are changing the nature of tourism in the archipelago.
· Climate change is having large-scale impact on the region and may cause more serious global catastrophes like tsunamis and more frequent El Niño events.
· Tourism has grown rapidly in recent years. The main areas of tourist development since the last edition are: an increase in the number of licensed cruise boats, an increase in number of hotels on three of the islands, in particular on Isabela, which was previously a forgotten backwater, community based tourism and volunteer work, hotel-based land tours or day-trip boats, and pressure by locals for new forms of tourism such as sport fishing or surfing.