Galapagos Wildlife Species Count

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Strange creatures await in Galapagos

The Galapagos islands have a low biodiversity (that is, few animal species), because the islands are 600 miles (1000 km) from the continent. This huge expanse of inhospitable ocean in-between makes it very difficult for new kinds of plants and animals to reach the islands.

Marine organisms, such as green sea turtles and corals, probably came on their own, swimming, or as floating larvae. Sea birds are all strong flyers that frequently make long journeys across the open sea. But most of the Galapagos animal life forms reached the islands by accident, and all had a long sea voyage. During that trip, both plants and animals were exposed to saltwater, drying winds, and intense sunlight. They had no fresh water or food. Galapagos reptiles are also more likely than land birds or mammals to be able to survive under these conditions. As a result, animals of the Galapagos Islands are species whose ancestors were already well suited for its harsh environments. Compared to elsewhere in the tropics there are few birds or Galapagos mammals, and many important groups are missing.

The best way to get up close and personal with Galapagos Islands animals? A Yacht Safari! For wildlife enthusiasts, a small-ship Galapagos cruise will leave you remarking, “We saw all of this in one week!”


One of the main reasons Galapagos is an incredible year-round destination is this: you are sure to see rare wildlife at every time of year. No matter the season, there is always an exciting cycle of Galapagos species migrating, breeding, nesting, birthing, and hatching.

Especially since the “great pause” in tourism over the last couple of years, elusive Galapagos animals are re-emerging and the otherworldly landscapes are more vibrant than ever. That means if you’re wondering when to visit Galapagos, you can’t go wrong! Take a look at the wildlife activity chart to see what wildlife to expect on your adventure month-by-month.

Animal Migration, Breeding, Nesting, Birthing & Hatching Seasons in the Galapagos Islands

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As a wildlife lover, it’s only natural that you would do your due diligence about when to see the best Galapagos wildlife. When it’s finally time for your Galapagos adventure, you don’t want to miss out on the species that made Galapagos known as Darwin’s paradise. That’s why Quasar Expeditions created the Galapagos wildlife seasonal calendar.

You’ll see that many of the animals in the Galapagos are present year-round, and some, like the Blue Whale, require special planning to encounter. Do you have a favorite Galapagos bird species or must-see marine wildlife on your bucket list trip? Use Quasar’s Galapagos wildlife activity chart to guarantee you’ll see the birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and other marine life you’re looking forward to most during your getaway.

Galapagos Bird Chart

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Galapagos Mammals Seasonality

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Galapagos Reptiles Seasonality

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Galapagos Marine Life Seasonality

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Galapagos Animal Categories