Unique Galapagos Islands animals for every animal-lover

In 1835, Charles Darwin travelled to the Galápagos Islands and had the opportunity to observe many unique forms of wildlife. On his journey to these islands, he created his theory of evolution. Animals so similar looking to one another have distinct differences, something that can only be witnessed in the raw, untouched beauty of the Galápagos Islands.

The Galápagos Islands are a province of Equador, located about 1,000km off its shores. These 21 islands (13 main islands) make up some of the best wildlife-viewing in the world and provide a safe opportunity for travelers to get up close to some very interesting species.

If you are planning to travel to the beautiful Galápagos Islands, animal sightings will likely be high on your priority list.

Around 27 species of animals are unique to these islands. If you have a particular species that you would like to see, refer to the chart on Galapagosislands.com to find out which islands inhabit that specific animal.  

Top unique animals in the Galápagos Islands

Blue-footed Boobies

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Rooted in the Spanish word for “clown,” these unique birds have blue feet that look like socks and a very rare mating dance that you will not want to miss.

Galapagos land Iguana

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The land iguana is native to the Galápagos Islands. These creatures often have a mean, angry look on their faces, but in fact, are harmless, eating mostly low-growing plants and shrubs.

Marine Iguana

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Marine iguanas look very similar to their cousins the land iguanas. However, they have one distinct unique skillthey can live in water and dive to depths of 30-feet. Their favourite feast is algae and intertidal seaweed.

Darwin’s Finches

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You guessed it – this type of bird was discovered by Charles Darwin! It refers to 15 species of birds that are only differentiated by their beak formation and function.

Flightless Cormorants

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Known as one of the world’s rarest birds, these are a treat to see. The 2000 birds remaining inhabit only two of the Galápagos Islands because of their need to dive into the water for food and their inability to fly.

Galápagos Tortoise

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This is the largest living species of tortoise. They can weigh up to almost 1000 lbs and have a lifespan of over 100 years in the wild. Seeing these magnificent animals in the wild is a truly humbling experience.

What animal are you most excited to see?

There are a plethora of animals to get excited about seeing in the Galápagos Islands. The ones listed above are found only in the islands. However, some other frequently spotted species include sea lions, fur seal, sally lightfoot crabs, green turtles, lava lizards, bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, flamingos and frigate birds, just to name a few.

Planning a trip to the Galápagos Islands can be very time-consuming. Before departure, there are a few details that need to be addressed to ensure a smooth vacation, where expectations are not only met but exceeded. If you want to explore the Galápagos Islands in the near future, contact our experienced travel specialists today and start planning!

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