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James Island

(also known as Santiago Island)

Giant tortoises may have gone extinct on this island, but it’s not known for sure.

James Island


  • 585 square kilometers or about 225 square miles

Geographic features include:

  • Located in the center of the Galápagos islands

  • Two volcanoes that make it the most active of the islands

  • Golden sand beaches

  • Black sand beaches

Plants include:

  • Carpetweed

  • Lava cacti

  • Mangrove lagoons

Animals include:

  • Blue-footed boobies

  • Ducks

  • Frigates

  • Flamingos

  • Galápagos penguins

  • Galápagos hawks

  • Lava herons

  • Lava lizards

  • Marine iguanas

  • Mockingbirds

  • Sally lightfoot crabs

  • Sea lions

  • Stilts

  • Goats

  • Dogs

  • Black rats

(Photo: Oxford Scientific (OSF) / photolibrary)
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