The Galapagos islands are comprised of four inhabited islands where 40,000 people live. This represents just 3% of the total landmass of the archipelago. The rest of the island has been protected as a national reserve since 1959 and travellers are only allowed to visit set areas within the parks and islands. These designated zones are meant to protect the flora and fauna of the island as over the years a lot of them were damaged due to overtourism.
There are many rare animals that have made the Galapagos island their home some of which are only found here. For example, the waved albatross is only found on the island of Española and the flightless cormorant is found on the islands of Fernandina and Isabela. The incredible conservation work on the island has enabled the animals that live here to thrive and continue their existence with no to minor impact from the outside world.