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Wildlife of the Galápagos (Princeton Pocket Guides)
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2005
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If you plan to visit the Galapagos Islands, this is the book to bring with you. This field guide covered all of the major highlights of the Galapagos (animals, plants, geology...) as well as give detail about everything you could possibly find on these islands. The entire book is printed on stury, glossy paper, with bright colorful pictures.

Overall this is a must have if you plan to go to the Galapagos. When I went I brought the book with me everywhere. It was small enough to fit in a big side pocket or a small bag. Everything about this book is just logical; the size, the order, and even the type of paper it is printed on. The only other thing you need after getting this book is a mechanical pencil & a geology field notebook (waterproof) - along with a ziplock bag for your field guide & camera (this is for when you go on the pangas).
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2003
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This book is well organised, well written and beautifully illustrated. Written by people who truly know the Galapagos Islands and all that exists there, including landings and information on what one can expect to see on arrival at any one island. I actually used three other guides whilst in the Galapago this month and only accessed this one at the end of my trip. I have continued to read this book since arriving home and highly recommend it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Anybody planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands needs to have this book in their pocket while on the islands. The photographs of plants and animals alike are as realistic as you will see on the islands and such reality will allow one to easily identify the wealth of species you will encounter. Descriptions of individual species include a listing of which island(s) the plant or animal is typically found. Added features in this book include maps of the islands with trails and listings of what to look for; tips on photography; and guidelines for respecting the national park and being a responsible visitor to the islands.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2009
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This is an excellent resource! Every plant, animal, and useful piece of information is included. There is even a section in the back for visitors listing flora/fauna on various islands with text and maps. Much thought went into this book. I was very impressed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2009
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Wildlife of Galapagos is the book to buy during you visit to the Galapagos. It outlines the most common flora and fauna. The book also has maps of all of the public trails in The Galapagos along with the wildlife pertaining to the trail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
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This book was the envy of all of the travelers in my various excursions. Everyone was always borrowing it. The photos are plentiful, organized well, and BIG. It was so easy to just flip to an animal either when seeing it in real life or just talking about with others on the island. The guides were always impressed by it and it made it easier to clarify what creature they were talking about sometimes. It's not just a Spanish vs English thing either, sometimes the animals have multiple names in English and it's easy to just pop this book out and clarify. The book's icon detail for the origin status of each species (native, Galapagos only, invasive, etc) is even more useful once you're there and you are soaking in 100s of animals and trying to understand the big picture of their ecosystem and evoltuion.

I never saw a better guide period. On the Islands, I saw some really detailed, thick expensive guides that would not been useful in the field. There is no waterlife in this book at that's its only drawback. But getting another guide for that is fine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2008
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We have always been fascinated by Darwin's adventures in the area and the fauna to be found there. This book is very complete and will give us a good idea of what to expect during our own voyage there this coming Fall, where the book will serve as a reference to guide me in my photographic explorations for my forum. During last year's trip to Italy I made almost 900 photographs. I expect to make at least twice that number this year with the aid and guidance of this book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2007
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This book and a highlighter made it possible to keep track of the many birds and mammals, plants and invertrabrates that we saw during a recent week in the Galapagos. I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2011
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A handy, wide-ranging field guide to the vertebrate animals (with the notable exception of fishes) and many invertebrates of the Galapagos. In addition, the book includes descriptions and photos of the flowering plants of the islands and touches on some of the nonflowering plants. This is a great single volume for identifying land life on these spectacular islands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2011
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I took this with me on a recent trip to the Galapagos and was really glad to have it! Great book and was nicely laid out to quickly find animals as I saw them. The maps were especially helpful.
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