Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Iguana

Galapagos In Danger

Galapagos Conservancy joins with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) in support of the UNESCO decision to inscribe Galapagos as a World Heritage Site in danger. more>

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Giant tortoise can weigh over 300 kilograms (660 lb) and measure 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) long. Although the maximum life expectancy of a wild tortoise is unknown, the average life expectancy is estimated to be 200 years. more>
Galapagos giant tortoise
galapagos sea lion
galapagos marine iguanas

Galapagos Marine Iguana

Marine iguana is found only on the Galapagos Islands, but has spread to all the islands in the archipelago, and is sometimes called the "Galapagos marine iguana". more>

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Learn More About Galapagos Islands

The islands are located at a geological hot spot, a place where the Earth's crust is being melted from below by a mantle plume, creating volcanos. Volcanic craters are on almost every island.

Charles Darwin Foundation

The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) operates the Charles Darwin Reseach Station on Santa Cruz Island. They provide critical logistic support to scientific studies and are heavily involved in conservation and they carried out research for the conservation of the Galapagos ecosystem for almost 50 years.

Charled Darwin Foundation (CDF) Strategic Plan

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. [Charles Darwin, 1859]

The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT)
GCT works to contribute to the successful management of the Galapagos ecosystem. The GCT also raises awareness of, and funds for, the conservation needs of Galapagos.

Galapagos Geology on the Web

Two distinct types of volcanoes occur in the Galapagos. In the west, on the islands of Isabela and Fernandina, large volcanoes with an "inverted soup-bowl" morphology and deep calderas occur. In the east, smaller shield volcanos with gentler slopes occur.

Charles Darwin Research Station Fact Sheet
The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large (2-3 ft) most disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are as black as the porous rocks over which they crawl & seek their prey from the Sea. I call them 'imps of darkness'. They assuredly well become the land they inhabit [Charles Darwin]. Info in pdf format about marine iguanas.

Images of Marine and Land Iguanas
Interesting quality images of the " most disgusting clumsy Lizards".

Amblyrhynchus Cristatus - Marine Iguana
They are distinguished from land iguanas by their short, blunt snouts and slightly laterally compressed tail which efficiently moves this lizard along the surface or beneath the water.

The Galapagos Fur Seal - Arctocephalus Galapagoensis
Adult males measure up to 1.5 m long and weigh 64 kg on average. Adult females are smaller, measuring an average of 1.2 m in length and weighing from 22-34 kg (average 28 kg).

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