Wildlife of the Galapogos

Galápagos Islands taken off threat list

A United Nations panel has voted to remove Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands from its list of endangered sites

Survival of the finches: member of Darwin’s iconic finch family at risk of extinction The first stage of attempts to translocate mangrove finch is underway. The critically endangered species – a member of Charles Darwin’s finch group of the tanager family – currently survives in two small patches of mangrove on the west of Galapagos island of Isabela., with a small remant population of about five birds in the South East of the island.

Darwin’s Galápagos finches threatened by parasitical flies Species key to Darwin’s theory of evolution are now seriously endangered. The biggest threat is from a common South American fly, Philornis downsi, accidentally introduced to the islands in the 1960s.

Fears for unique wildlife of Galapagos as UN drops islands’ protected status

A panel of politicians has voted to remove the Galapagos Islands from the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites in danger – in spite of a firm recommendation from scientists and officials who visited the islands that they should keep their status

BBC radio 4 documentary about the Galapogos

This sound documentary looks at the different habitats of the Galapogos – the depths of the ocean, across the shore, over lava fields, up through thorny scrub and mountain vegetation to the forests on the rim of volcanic craters, capturing the sounds of the islands and their wildlife, in a fascinating and evocative audio portrait of Galapagos.

From the ocean depths, there are the sounds of grazing marine iguana and yellow-tail surgeon fish, whilst overhead are the eerie, banshee-like cries of swallow tailed-gulls, which hunt for food at night.