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The Amazing Wildlife of The Galapagos Islands

Discover the many amazing animals that live in the Galapagos Islands:

1. The Galapagos Tortoise

Scientific name: Geochelone nigra

Did you know: The Galapagos giant tortoise spends a large part of the day grazing in small groups , feeding on a wide range of vegetation, from grasses and flowers to cactus fruits. (Via arkive.org) Also, Galapagos giant tortoises keep growing for 30 or 40 years to almost 5 feet and weigh around 500 pounds.

2) Sea Lions

Scientific name: Zalophus wollebaeki

Did you know: Juvenile Galapagos sea lions are chestnut brown in colour and measure around 75 centimetres at birth. (Via eol.org )

3) Marine Iguana

Scientific name: Amblyrhynchus cristatus

Did you know: The marine Iguana can dive up to 9 meters (30 ft) into the water. (Via wikipedia.org)

4) Land Iguana

Scientific name: Conolophus subcristatus

Did you know:  Land iguanas share a symbiotic relationship with the islands’ birds, who find a food source in the parasites that live on the iguanas’ skins. (Via ecoventura.com

Marine Iguanas often wear distinctive white “wigs” of salt expelled from glands near their noses.

5) Blue Footed Boobie

Scientific name: Sula nebouxii

Best known by its distinctive bright blue feet

Did you know: Scientists have discovered that the blue color of the booby’s feet is the result of carotenoid pigments obtained from its fish diet. (Via rainforestcruises.com

6) Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos penguins are the smallest of their kind in the world.

Scientific name: Spheniscus mendiculus

Did you know: The flexibility of breeding in the Galapagos penguin allows it to take advantage of times of high food abundance. (Via arkive.org)

Photo: http://www.facts-about.info/galapagos-penguin/

7) Green Sea Turtle

Scientific name: Chelonia mydas

Did you know: The Green sea turtle is one of the few species so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct. (Via ecoventura.com

8) Galapagos Waved Albatross

Scientific name: Phoebastria irrorata

Did you know: Waved Albatrosses mate for life. They leave Galapagos in December and return in April to the same spot and find their partner. (Via ecoventura.com

There are fewer than 35,000 Waved Albatrosses left in the wild, which can make them hard to find unless you’re in the Galápagos.
The Waved Albatross is famous for their courtship ritual, which includes rapid beak clacking and the emitting of some funny “whoo-hoo” noises.

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9) The Greater Flamingo

Scientific name:Phoenicopterus ruber

Did you know: The Greater Flamingo’s voice is a series of rather goose-like "ah-ah-ah ..o" calls. (quasarex.com

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10) Galapagos Zayapa 

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