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This sumptuous large-format book was first produced in 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Charles Darwin Foundation on Galápagos. Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy comprises a series of invited essays under the editorship of world-renowned photographer and long-term Galápagos resident, Tui de Roy, who has also provided most of the photographs. The authoritative essays cover the entire spectrum of Galápagos wildlife including the marine environment, unique vegetation such as sunflower trees as well as wildlife including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and the Galápagos finches that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution.
The second edition has significant updates to a number of chapters including brand new photography and information about scientific developments elsewhere and a new jacket. Please note that the 2018 version of the second edition is a straight reprint of the 2016 second edition without any new material.
Tui de Roy is an internationally acclaimed photographer with many bestselling titles to her credit. She has lived for more than 40 years on the Galapagos, writing extensively about its wildlife and taking many iconic images of its landscapes, flora and fauna.
Reviews of the first edition:
"This remarkable book [...] is itself cause for celebration. This book is essential for any deeper understanding of the islands."
– BBC Wildlife (December 2009)
"It is the ideal book for the environmentally conscious armchair traveller."
– Good Book Guide (November 2009)
"This is a spectacular book – if you want to give yourself (or anyone even remotely interested in conservation) a present then look no further. It is beautifully produced, a really good read and inspiring."
– Seabird (2009)
"fascinating for Galapagos completists"
– Wanderlust (December 2009/January 2010)