The Galápagos Islands are a province of Ecuador, and a volcanic archipelago lying in the Pacific Ocean nearly 850 miles (1369 km) west of Quito in Ecuador. Of the 21 volcanoes in the Galápagos 13 are active!
The wildlife has been studied there since Charles Darwin first visited in 1835 on HMS Beagle where his studies of native finches later inspired his theory of evolution work on “The Origin of the Species”.
Since 1835, there have been over 60 recorded eruptions on 6 of the volcanoes. Scientists are fascinated by how such a delicate ecosystem – complete with its own micro climate – exists in such a volatile place! Historically, the critically endangered wildlife of the Galapagos has always been on the brink of destruction