Wildlife Of The Galapagos: Updated Field Guide (Review)

Wildlife of the Galápagos: Second Edition (Princeton Pocket Guides), by Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter, and David Hosking is both a field guide and a travel guide, focusing on the Galapagos Islands. It includes basic information about each island and each town or tourist destination, and a comprehensive guide to how to visit, what to bring and not bring, and otherwise plan your trip to these amazing evolution-drenched islands.

The wildlife that is covered includes birds, other land vertebrates including the famous tortoises and lizards, offshore mammals, fish, insects, and plants. There is even a short section on the different geological features, which are not technically wildlife, rounding off the guide as the only book you really need to bring. Oh, and there is also an overview of the Islands’s history.

Over 400 species are covered with 650 illustrations including maps and drawings. The wildlife (and geological features) are represented mainly as photographs. It is a pocket size pocked guide similar to your average portable bird book.

The authors are experienced guides and have been involved with Galapagos conservation and tourism for years.

The first edition of this book was widely used. The second edition has added fish, Spanish names, more information about history, climate, geology, and conservation, and of course, updated information on visitor sites.

You can’t go to the Galapagos without this book. You can, however, get this book and not go to the galapagos, and pretend you are going! (Or, get inspired, and start saving up now!)

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5 thoughts on “Wildlife Of The Galapagos: Updated Field Guide (Review)

  1. Greg:

    Thank you for the cite.

    My son did a study abroad for 4 months in Ecuador and spent a few weeks in the Galapagos.

    He will enjoy this book and am going to get it for him.

    Thanks again.

  2. Thanks for the review; I’ll have to check it out. Anyone reading this may also be interested in: Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s legacy – ISBN 978-1408108666. It is a collection of different research that has been done on the islands. I’ve only looked at and slugged through parts of a spanish version but i plan on getting a cersion

  3. Thanks for the review; I’ll have to check it out. Anyone reading this may also be interested in: Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s legacy – ISBN 978-1408108666. It is a collection of different research that has been done on the islands. I’ve only looked at and slugged through parts of a spanish version but i plan on getting a version in a language I’m fluent in at some point in the near future since it was a great collection. (Sorry for accidental double post)

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