Saddleback Community College
Speech - Instructor Smith
The Galapagos Islands: Our best opportunity to learn about life, and how it began.
I. Describe the diversity of life forms found in the area. A. Reptiles – accidental relocation
3. Marine Iguanas
B. Mammals – accidental relocation as well as brought by humans 1. (Goats, Pigs, Dogs, Donkeys, Cows)
C. Birds – flew from other locations
1. 58 species of birds in the Galapagos, 28 endemic 2. Blue-footed Boobys, Flamingos, Galapagos Penguin, Darwin’s Finches 3. Elegant Waved Albatross - rarest birds on Earth; only nests here
II. Describe the biological interrelationships among the life forms in the area. A. Island of Fernandina; only island on Earth not afflicted with invasive species B. Symbiotic
III. The human intrusions threatening the area.
A. Destroying wildlife habitat – Introducing new animals B. Population growth - Government subsidies –
C. Pollution - trash
IV. The protections that exist to safeguard and preserve the area. A. Regulations - restrict work on and migration to the Galapagos Islands B. Conservatory - Conservation efforts (educational programs) C. Exclusion of commercial fishing
V. The efforts that have been made to further this preservation. A. Political Activism
B. Galapagos - competing - New Seven Wonder of Nature
C. Eradication of introduced species
VI. What an individual can do to help preserve the diversity of the area. A. Boycott - Products made from Galapagos animals
B. Conservation Projects
2. Tourism revenue - $180 million annually
C. Local Government – Spread knowledge – Follow rules when visiting
The Galapagos Islands are an...