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Galapagos Animals

The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most fascinating and exotic creatures on the planet and, unlike in many other parts of the world, Galapagos animals never learn to fear humans. Because these islands are located 600 miles off the nearest coastline, the islands have a low biodiversity (few species). Compared to other areas of the tropics, many important animal groups from the mainland are missing. The animals that inhabit the islands today are species whose ancestors were already well suited for harsh environments. On the 13 major islands and associated islets, we find mammals, reptiles, shore birds, water birds, sea birds and land birds. Amongst the more interesting creatures are the giant Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and Darwin finches.

Watch Galapagos Lonesome George: The Pinta Island Tortoise

Watch Lonesome George in his Galapagos habitat. George was the only one left of his species until he passed away in June of 2012. With his death, the Pinta Island tortoise subspecies had become extinct, until recently! Learn facts on this Pinta Island Tortoise during a Galapagos cruise. Learn more at -