Situated off the west coast of South America, the Galapagos is the perfect destination for all the animal lovers. All the flora and fauna here are exclusive to this island. The best thing about them is that they are very tolerant of human presence, unlike other animals who feel threatened. Here, you can experience the wildlife up, close and personal. They are one of the most unique natural wonders that have been intriguing mankind since hundreds of years.
The cool thing about the Galapagos Islands is that it is a landmass which is almost impossible to reach for animals from the mainland due to their remote location. This way a lot of endemic species have developed. These islands are even the place where Charles Darwin came up with his evolution theory by studying these endemic species.
The wildlife here found their way to the island by flying, floating or swimming. It is a popular held belief that the birds might have got disoriented while migrating and hence came to rest in this island. Read more about the unique wildlife on this treasured island that we have for you!
Blue Footed booby
You will find these beautiful birds at the shorelines on this island. The blue tinted feet have a meaning behind them. Their mating ritual remains incomplete without showing off their bases to their prospective mates. They make high-stepping sounds to attract their mates. The bluer the feet the more their attractive quotient.
These alluring white birds serve as the largest of species of Galapagos. They are marked for their siblicide practice. This practice involves mother laying two eggs. Upon the hatching of both eggs, the elder chick pushes its sibling beyond the nesting area, only to leave it to die of cold and thirst. The mother never seem to intervene in this matter.
They are rare and are now the subject of a conservancy program. The most unique thing is that these cormorants have lost their ability to fly. They can weigh up to 5 kg.
Red footed booby
They strange looking birds are active flyers who can travel up to 93 miles (150 km) hunting for food.
Their red bulging bag on their neck, which is known as the gular pouch makes them one of the most special species on this island. This gular pouch gets inflated during their breeding seasons when they desire to attract mates. They are notorious for stealing food of other birds.
Out of all the penguins in the world, these penguins are endemic to Galapagos and they are the only penguin species in the world living on the equator.
They derive their name from the wavy design of their feathers.
Giant Galapagos Tortoises
These are the largest tortoise in the world that weigh 400kg and grow up to 1.8mt. The islands have been named after them since Galapago in Spanish means tortoise.
They have an ability to live and forage in the sea, which is unique for iguanas. They can hold their breath for a whopping 30 minutes.
There is about 28 species of these lizards prevalent in this island. Every specimen shows remarkable color differences.
Galapagos Sea Lion
They travel for about 10-15 km from the coast in search for food. They are very social, agile and inquisitive in nature. As soon as you approach them they tend to bark loudly and play around. They are known as the welcoming party of the islands.
The conservation of animals has become a serious concern, and therefore it was added in the Unesco World Heritage Sites in the year 2001.