A Photo Gallery of
Galapagos Islands Animals
In a rugged archipelago situated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, there are more than 200 recorded species of Galapagos Islands animals on land. From a historical perspective, the islands’ remote location and harsh volcanic terrain played a huge role in their current status as a world-renowned nature sanctuary.
The Galapagos was a favorite spot among pirates (who pillaged the tortoise population for meat) and whalers (who plundered its waters for their ample bounty) in the 17th and 18th centuries. But all efforts to colonize the area ended badly, and by the late 1800s the Galapagos Islands were widely considered cursed.
Most of the 13 major and 7 smaller islands remain uninhabited today, with over 97% of the archipelago preserved as a national park. As a result of these conservation efforts, the Galapagos Islands remains one of the world’s most pristine and unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a remarkable array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species to be seen.
Here are some of our favorite photos of the myriad Galapagos Islands animals we saw during our trip with International Expeditions, including rare endemic species such as the Galapagos Flamingo, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Tortoise, Darwin’s Finches and more.