Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $18.40
Learn More
Sell It Now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 11 images

Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy Hardcover – August 24, 2009

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, August 24, 2009
"Please retry"
$144.40 $61.21

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554074843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554074846
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


De Roy's striking photographs might tempt librarians to regard this work as merely a coffee-table book, but it is far more. Researchers who conducted fieldwork in the islands wrote the chapters. The essays are concise and convivial, the writers tell the stories of the islands and their remarkable diversity of the men and women who continue to document and preserve that diversity. Fine examples of science [written] for nonscientists. (R. Gilmour, Ithaca College Choice 2010-05-00)

Whether you're a Darwin fan, a traveller, a photographer or a naturalist, this book will appeal with its stunning photos and accessible commentary by leading Galapagos researchers. The colour photos range from panoramas of lava flows to life-size pictures of tiny shells, and a great variety of plants and animals native to this unique area. On the 200th birthday of Darwin's birth, this book focuses on conservation efforts, as the natural habitat is sadly in danger from human activity. (Gift Books, The Globe and Mail 2009-12-05)

[review of U.K. edition] This book has much to offer. Tui de Roy has lived in the Galapagos and knows them well. She is also a highly competent photographer. The book's largish format allows for many high-quality photographs, most taken by De Roy, and looking through them is a pleasure in itself. De Roy has gathered together some 35 people, most associated with the Charles Darwin Research Station, who are experts on various aspects of the Galapagos flora and fauna and have written 28 accounts of research and conservation in the archipelago. These average seven pages and present authoritative and up-to-date descriptions of the many activities being conducted ....There are good introductory chapters and an index. A more extensive bibliography would have been useful, but that apart, the book is a welcome addition to the shelves. (Christopher Perrins, Life Fellow, American Ornith Journal of Field Ornithology, British Ornithologi 2010-05-00)

"Charles Darwin's observations 170 years ago indicated evidence of evolutionary processes in a nearly intact microcosm untouched by outside influences. In the intervening years, researchers have brought funding, and tourists have introduced elements of damage to the Galápagos Islands' fragile ecosystem. Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Galápagos National Park and to promote the future preservation of this archipelago, this is an anthology of authoritative essays by international scientists of note and local naturalists-experts in the islands' volcanoes, plants, and exotic species. Accompanying the pieces are the stunning 600 color photographs by editor de Roy, who was raised and lived here for 40 years and is considered to be the world's most respected photographer of these islands. VERDICT These readable essays and stunning photographs are highly recommended for amateur and professional naturalists and will grace many coffee tables. (Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community College, Ka Library Journal 2009-11-15)

The book offers a comprehensive look at the challenges and successes of conservation efforts in the Galapagos. With candid first-person essays and 600 photos, this is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the islands. (Outdoor Photographer 2009-12-01)

Tui De Roy documents life on the islands that helped inspire Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. (Kate Wong Scientific American 2009-12-00)

If you like your travel combined with science and nature, then Firefly's Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy is an excellent choice. Tui De Roy has spent most of his life on the Galapagos and is a world-renowned photographer. The more than 600 pictures are all engaging, although the ones of the giant tortoises, land iguanas and sea lions are particularly exciting. The book includes interesting essays on various aspects of the islands and their ecosystems. The writers are scientists who have made their research accessible to anyone who wants to learn about this strange and amazing place. (Candace Fertile Victoria Times Colonist 2009-11-29)

From the first page, I knew that this was going to be a fascinating visual and intellectual experience. Tui De Roy has compiled one of the most interesting and thorough accounts of the Galapagos Islands. The book brings together world-renowned scientific experts to discuss a vast spectrum of subjects relating to the "Enchanted Isles."... De Roy and [her] colleagues accessed some of the most distant and sensitive areas of the Galapagos archipelago, made up of over 100 islands and islets. With an artist's eye, they lavishly documented the land, sea and air with a view that contrasts the islands' beauty against the backdrop of an incredible harsh environment. The photos tastefully accent the research narratives and bring the words to life in vivid color.... This book fits comfortably as both a work of science and a compilation of artistic conservation photography. As such, it is a must read for anyone contemplating visiting the islands. (Dale Foster Mississippi Press 2009-10-04)

Tui De Roy has assembled a magnificent 240-page coffee table-style book on the incredible group of islands that first sparked the theory of evolution... These first-person essays by 30 of the world's top Galapagos researchers reveal their amazing discoveries and achievements in exhaustively mapping patterns of extinction, the discovery of new species, and the wonderment of continual survival adaptations. Through their stories and experiences we come to learn more about the challenges and success of conservation efforts through the years... In 2007, human intervention in this natural habitat prompted UNESCO to put Galapagos on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy reaffirms the importance of preserving this unique habitat, and presents its message in a way you can proudly share with your family and visitors to your home. (Michelle Signalman Vitality Today 2009-10-00)

This anthology aimed at general readers brings together 28 natural science essays written by scientists, researchers, and conservation experts from Ecuador, the U.S., Europe, and Panama, who discuss their achievements and discoveries about the Galapagos Islands... Essays are punctuated by many color photos by Roy, a wildlife photographer, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who has spent most of her life in the Galapagos Islands. (SciTech Books News 2009-12-01)

Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy is an impassioned plea for expanded research and international cooperation to maintain the ecological health of the renowned archipelago... At once beautiful and thought-provoking, De Roi's survey should marshal public support for continuing efforts to conserve the islands' irreplaceable ecosystem. (Margaret A. Koger Magill Book Reviews, Salem Press, EBSCO 2010-09-23)

The spectacular photographs in Tui De Roy's Galápagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy capture the islands at their best. This large-format book is utterly beautiful and also quite substantive. De Roy, a photographer, writer and conservationist who grew up in the Galápagos, has assembled a series of essays about scientific fieldwork in the Galápagos written by geologists, hydrologists, oceanographers, and of course researchers from nearly every subfield of biology, from botany to animal behavior. . Many are highly respected experts... All of the articles are lavishly illustrated and written in an easily accessible, jargon-free style... I caught myself smiling as I paged through the book and revisited memories of snorkeling with curious Galápagos penguins... The book's text and photographs communicate well the stark beauty of the landscape and the amazing species that inhabit it. They are truly endless forms most beautiful. (Rick MacPherson American Scientist 2010-07-00)

The text flows from an intimate knowledge of, and deep love for, the Galapagos, and the quality of imagery reflects the author's recently awarded place as one of the world's top twenty wildlife photographers. As the 21st century looms, the Galapagos Islands are reaching a critical crossroad from which they will emerge with difficulty. This book celebrates their vibrant essence through stunning color photographs and prose. (, Ecuador 2009-01-00)

About the Author

Tui de Roy is a naturalist, an expert on Galapagos and the world's preeminent Galapagos photographer. She is the author and photographer of New Zealand, The Andes and Albatross. She lives in New Zealand.

Sarah Darwin is a botanist and descendant of Charles Darwin. She lives in the United Kingdom.

Contributing writers include: Dennis Geist, volcanologist, University of Idaho; Julian Sachs, paleoclimatologist, University of Washington; Conley K. McMullen, botanist, James Madison University, Virginia; Jack S. Grove, naturalist and research associate, Section of Ichthyology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Alex Hearn, adjunct marine biologist, University of California- Davis; Martin Wikelski and Michael Romero, physiological ecologists, Max Planck Institute, Germany, and Tufts University, Massachusetts; Peter and Rosemary Grant, evolutionary biologists, Princeton University, New Jersey; Patricia Parker, disease ecologist, WildCare institute, Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri; David Anderson, evolutionary biologist, Wake Forest University, North Carolina; Kathryn Huyvaert, ecologist, Colorado State University; Karl Campbell, Island Conservation, California; Godfrey Merlen, naturalist and independent researcher, WildAid, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Important Information

Example Ingredients

Example Directions

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 9 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Trueman on November 15, 2009
This is a very readable compendium on Galapagos Conservation Science, all in a beautiful, very accessible package with easy to understand chapters interspersed with smaller boxes of interesting facts, and surrounded by Tui De Roy's lovely photos. As a scientist living in Galapagos, I am learning lots from reading this book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Geist on November 9, 2009
The past decade has seen dozens of guides and sensationalist treatments of the Galapagos. Buy this one. It is a beautiful book and a bargain at the Amazon price. This beautifully illustrated book was put together by Tui de Roy, who grew up in the islands and is one of the world's best known nature photographers. The text consists of contributions from two dozen researchers who have worked in the islands. The book is incredibly comprehensive, covering topics ranging from tortoise genetics to flowering plants to ocean currents. If you have ever been to the islands, dreamed of going there, or are planning a trip, this will be an investment that will last a lifetime.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wildlife Guru on January 5, 2010
If you want to learn about the Galapagos in depth - this is the book to buy. A fantastic anthology from the experts.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Verified Purchase
It was on the boat when we went to Galapagos. I knew it was the best book since our guide recommended it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Joyce H. Keyak on April 2, 2013
Verified Purchase
This book has the most incredible photos of the Galapagos and its animals. The author grew up in the Galapagos and knows how to convey the feeling of the islands.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?