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Galapagos - Islands Of Change

Take a journey to Galapagos, untouched by humanity until recently, in this fascinating documentary on TVNZ 1.

From enormous tortoises and deep-diving lizards to fish-eating snakes and birds that hunt giant  enormous centipedes, the wildlife of the world-famous Galapagos Islands is unique and bizarre. Most of  he animals found here exist nowhere else. For thousands of years this wilderness remained untouched by humanity. 

The first settlers arrived on these islands just 180 years ago. Then, life was tough. But times are changing… 

Galapagos is undergoing a very modern period of evolution. A successful tourism industry has seen the growth of urban areas on the three main islands. 

These days surfers ride the waves alongside sea lions, iguanas walk the streets, and pelicans and frigate birds eagerly await the scraps cast off by the local fisherman when they return with the day’s catch. 

This programme takes a look at life on Galapagos, finds out how some animals have already adapted to their changing  environment, follows the stories of animals whose survival is threatened and meets the conservationists working to keep these unique and pristine islands special for generations to come.

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