The Galápagos Islands are home to an amazing variety of iconic creatures, from Giant Tortoises, Galápagos Sea Lions, Galápagos Penguins, and Ghost Crabs to Darwin’s finches, the Blue-footed Booby, and Hummingbird Moths. But how precisely do these animals manage to survive on – and in the waters around – their desert-like volcanic islands, where fresh water is always scarce, food is often hard to come by, and finding a good mate is a challenge because animal populations are so small? In this stunning large-format book, Galápagos experts Walter Perez and Michael Weisberg present an unprecedented photographic account of the remarkable survival behaviours of these beautiful and unique animals. With more than 200 detailed, close-up photographs, the book captures Galápagos animals in action as they feed, play, fight, court, mate, build nests, give birth, raise their young, and cooperate and clash with other species.
Watch male Marine Iguanas fight over territory and females; see frigatebirds steal food and nesting materials from other birds; witness the courtship dance of a pair of Blue-footed Boobies; go underwater to glimpse a Galápagos Sea Lion pup playing with its mother; and observe a baby Pacific Green Turtle enter the water for the first time. These and dozens of other unforgettable scenes are all vividly captured here – including many moments that even experienced Galápagos observers may never be lucky enough to see in person. Complete with a brief text that provides essential context, this book will be cherished by Galápagos visitors and anyone else who wants to see incredible animals on the move.
Walter Perez is a photographer and naturalist who has been working in the Galápagos for two decades. His award-winning photograph of a Frigatebird stealing nesting material from a Red-footed Booby, Battle of the Sticks, which is featured in this book, is on permanent display at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus. He lives in Galápagos, Ecuador.
Michael Weisberg is a science educator, documentary filmmaker, and philosopher of science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he codirects the Galápagos Education and Research Alliance, which conducts science and conservation initiatives in the Galápagos. He lives in Philadelphia.
“With its amazing and entertaining photographs and precise text, this book brings readers close up to the wonders of the living creatures that evolve in the Galápagos. Well done!”
– Arturo Izurieta, executive director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands
"There have been many books produced about Galápagos. This one, however, is particularly delightful, with an intelligent text and stunning photographs. I've enjoyed watching Walter Perez passionately pursue his love of photography during the past decade and this book is proof positive of his dedication."
– Sven-Olof Lindblad, president and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions
"Capturing Galápagos wildlife in action – up close and in vivid color – this book will make you want to go to the islands even if you have been before."
– Peter Grant and Rosemary Grant, authors of 40 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island