The Galápagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text.
While the Galápagos Giant Tortoise, the Galápagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere.
There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin.
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Julian Fitter, vice-president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust in the UK, first visited the Galapagos in 1964 and went on to spend fourteen years there, establishing the islands' first charter yacht business. His son Daniel Fitter leads nature tours in the Galapagos and on mainland Ecuador. David Hosking, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, is the coauthor of "Wildlife of East Africa". A frequent visitor to the Galapagos for more than three decades, he has published in a wide range of magazines and books.Review:
"[Today] you'll find more than a dozen recent field guides to the wildlife of this most famous of archipelagos. But of the general guides, Wildlife of the Galápagos is by far the most complete and convenient. Well-organized, nicely illustrated and clearly written, it manages the delicate balance between breadth and depth, while covering all major groups of both land and marine animals and plants."--Adrian Barnett, New Scientist
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Book Description Princeton University Press, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0691102953
Book Description Princeton University Press, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0691102953
Book Description Princeton University Press, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110691102953