The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean towards the west of Ecuador’s mainland.
The Galapagos contains an incredible diversity of animals. There are many species only found in this region. In fact, many species living on one island are not even found on other islands of the Galapagos.
Protected as a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Area, the Galapagos are regarded as one of the most unique, scientifically important and biologically outstanding areas on Earth. Because of this, the Galapagos are a popular tourist destination.
An incredible 80% of Galapagos land birds and 97% of Galapagos reptiles and land mammals are found nowhere else on Earth. Some of the favorite animals include the giant tortoises, marine iguanas and penguins.
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