The Galapagos Islands have been a dream vacation for years.

What inspires me to travel to this collection of islands is the unique wildlife – many of which still don’t know to fear humans – that call this location home. There are creatures that live on the Galapagos islands the don’t live anywhere else. And many of the creatures – from Sabine’s gull to the Galapagos hawk – have likely evolved from other similar types of birds. Fascinating.

As is all of the information found in Firefly Books‘ A Traveler’s Introduction Galapagos by Wayne Lynch ($19.95). This beautiful, full-colour book has lots of interesting and easy-to-read information about the Galapagos Islands as well as glorious photographs of the animals, birds and plants found on the islands.

I am not going to lie; this book is helping push up the Galapagos on the bucket list. In fact, I am considering taking everything else off the list so the Galapagos is the only place to visit.

Because while I have dreamed about the Galapagos Islands for years, my dream is also to go before humans destroy it completely and sadly, according to the book, we are already doing it.

Much like other remote islands, the Galapagos conservation challenges include habitat loss; introduced species (this irks me so much. When will we learn?); population growth; pollution; and over-consumption. The final threat is global warming, which affects us all.

But all is not lost.

“Even with all the challenges they face, the Galapagos Islands have managed to retain 95 per cent of the diversity they have before the first humans arrived. There are many reasons to be thankful. As scientists continue to study and understand this isolated ecosystem, they are better able to plan for the future so that this unique and marvelous archipelago continues to be worthy of the title ‘the most famous islands of the world.’”

A copy of this book was provided by Firefly Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.