There is no denying that Asia is endowed with rich culture coupled with both beautiful and rare animal species in the world. Being home to the world’s highest mountains, Asia also has tropical and subtropical climates that favor high populations of its wildlife.
Asian animals are distributed all over the continents countries, which are China, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Mongolia, Indonesia, Iraq, and Sri Lanka. This article explores Asia’s wildlife and incorporates a list of these animals and their mind-blowing facts.
Asiatic fauna consists of biodiverse animals, ranging from colossal land mammals to small aquatic creatures that inhabit Asia’s busy marine habitats. Asia is home to at least 500 mammals species, with the bird species accounting for about 1,300 species. An estimated 500 species of versatile and exotic reptiles inhabit Asia, with the amphibians accounting for about 300 species.
List of Asian Animals
- Sumatran Rhinoceros
- Japanese Macaque
- Asian Elephant
- Amur Leopard
- Malayan Tapir
- Slow Loris
- Indian Rhino
- Snow Leopard
- Bactrian Camel
- Draco Lizard
- Indian Cobra
- Water Buffalo
Asian Animals | Facts & Pictures
Having a lifespan of up to 40 years, this Asiatic land mammal can give birth to 1 calf every 3-4 years. It’s a browser-primarily feeding on grass, leaves, and shoots of plants.
It can grow to 5-6 feet long, with the males being slightly bigger than the females. They prefer living in solitary but may form groups called crashes, made up of female rhinos and their calves.
Being the largest land animal in Asia, although a bit smaller than its African cousin. These elephants comprised of three subspecies which include: the Sumatran, Indian, and Sri Lankan elephants. They can grow up to 21 feet in length, with females having a gestational period of 2 years and most often giving birth to one calf.
These Asian land mammals are typically dark grey to brownish with their body parts, such as their trunks, ears, and forehead-bearing pink patches. They have a sort of hierarchy in their herds, where the oldest female is usually their leader. They constantly forage, with a mature elephant consuming at least 136 kg of food in a day.
Found mainly in the Malayan Peninsula and Thailand, these animals resemble a crossbreed of an anteater and a pig. They can grow to 6 feet long and usually live in solitude, although they live in groups during mating seasons. They are about 2000 species of these animals, making them an endangered species.
This is the only poisonous primate in the world, which, when injected with the venom through a bite, can cause death to a human being. It has eyes like those of an owl and a round face. These animals typically live on trees with the leaves, fruits, birds, and reptile eggs making up their staple.
These nocturnal creatures have a lifespan of 20years and usually give birth to one or two offspring’s after a gestational period of 6 months a year.
Endemic to South and Central China, these animals are on the brink of extinction, with 1,864 pandas left in the wild. They are omnivores spending almost 12 hours a day feeding on bamboo leaves, stems, and shoots. They also feed on small birds and rodents.
They are of a bear family with their white and black fur distinguishing them. They can give birth to a single cub or twins in equal proportions after a gestational period of 95-160 days.
If we are to preserve our biodiversity, we have to change our attitudes and take care of our environment.
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Common Names of Asian Animals