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  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide. Galapagos Wildlife
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; Third Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623603
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The enchanting Galapagos Islands lie off the west coast of Ecuador. With no links to the mainland, the flora and fauna evolved in isolation, remaining undocumented until Charles Darwin's first visit on HMS Beagle in 1835.
Galapagos Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide explores this World Heritage site to bring you a detailed guide to the islands' unique fauna and its varied habitats, both terrestrial and marine. Biologists, wildlife enthusiasts and adventurous travelers alike will find this an engaging and invaluable companion.

o Over 120 color photographs
o Written by licensed Galapagos naturalist guides
o Conservation and ecology
o Visitor sites with full-color trail plans
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Easy to carry around and refer to.
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I am definitely carrying this book with me during my visit!
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I used this book on a recent Galapagos trip.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By igtoa@voyagers.com on January 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This relatively small book on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands is packed with information and pictures. The author has gone to a great deal of trouble to condense a vast amount of data into a handbook for the traveller, without sacrificing essential information, clarity or accuracy. Not only does it cover the wildlife that the visitor is most likely to encounter, it also gives a succinct history of the islands. Working in the Galapagos Travel Industry, and having considered many similar books for pre-trip briefing and ready reference while in the islands, this is the book I would recommend.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By JDiver on December 4, 2002
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Having visited the Galápagos and planning my return, I can say this introductory booklet (140 pages) is a reliable for people who want an overall idea of the ecology and want to identify some of the most prominent wildlife they are likely to encounter - it is easy to understand, has good information, decent photos of the main players and illustations of the commonest landing sites. For you, this booklet rates three stars for clarity, comprehension level and lightness in your backpack, but it fails next to Andy Swash and Rob Still's more comprehensive and better illustrated "Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galápagos Island".
For those who want a more in depth knowledge of the Galápagos and their wildlife, or are traveling to some of the more remote sites or the northernmost islands: you will feel short-changed and wish you had purchased more comprehensive guide(s), so you can identify all the critters you will possibly observe and learn much more about their habitats and behaviors, climate and cvlimate zones, etc. For those travelers (birders, nature buffs, divers, etc.), this booklet rates a generous three stars for its relatively topical treatments.
Choose your guidebooks according to your interests and skills. And go there, walk softly and leave nothing. Visiting should have as little impact as possible, and in my opinion when done properly does help protect these wonderful islands of biological diversity from rampant pirate fishing, oil spills and short-sighted political stewardship. Our "tangibilitized" interest is the only one the Ecuadorian government- at least up until now- has responded to.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Nierlich on July 10, 2007
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I agree with the previous reviewers: I carried this book to the Galapagos and found it a super companion. It isn't comprehensive -- and a few additional pages of IDs and photos might be desirable -- but it covers all of the essential natural-history topics: geology/volcanoes, history, fish, birds, mammals, turtles & iguanas, geography and so on -- and the photos and text are excellent. Indeed, the text is what sets it apart; there are short, interesting discussions of many of the features that are exceptional to the islands, so without any deep study you come away with some appreciation of what you have seen. Finally, in addition to the good chapters mentioned by other reviewers, there is an excellent chapter for planning your trip, which details what you will see where. It is amazing that so much good stuff was fit into this thin book. Take it with a more comprehensive treatment if you want the name of everything you see (or ask your guide).
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chloe on December 5, 2001
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I just came back from the Galapagos and found David Horwell's book indispensable. It is a very readable and concise introduction to the flora and fauna of the Galapagos islands. Beautiful photographs. Very informative. Easy to carry around and refer to. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the Galapagos islands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on August 1, 2013
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The best part of this book is the last section which tells you what wildlife you see on each island. This can help you decide which tour to take when you visit. It even describes the landings on each island. We chose the southern route so we could see the waved albatross. Beautiful photos too! I am definitely carrying this book with me during my visit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. North on April 13, 2009
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Used this book to keep track of where I went on my trip. Gives a good summary of the different landing spots and what to look for in each place. If you are visiting the Galapagos Island take this book with you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blobner on March 27, 2007
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Small enough to bring with me, but comprehensive enough to be helpful giving a good overview of the habitat and wildlife of the Galapagos. Pictures good as are descriptions of the islands and conservation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa P. Pafe on July 28, 2013
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I used this book on a recent Galapagos trip. I really liked that the book had descriptions of each island so we knew what to expect before disembarking. Also, it has chapters by type of wildlife so it was easy to look up a particular reptile, fish, mammal or plant. The background on the history was also quite informative, and the book was a great supplement to the talks given by the naturalists. The photographs were very helpful as well. While on the trip, others kept borrowing my book!
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