The huge rainforests, swamps, rivers, mangrove coasts together with the hot climate, plenty of rain and the fact, that there is no vegetation break like it is in Europe in the five months from mid-November to mid-April (north-middle Europe) host a great and phantastic biodiversity. Southeast Asia, and particularly the equatorial area around Malaysia, great parts of Indonesia and the Mekong River with it's tributaries are among the world regions with the most species on earth, in that only competing with the surroundings of the Amazon river in South America.
All these biodiverse environments are nowadays under severe threat. Mankind's technical potentials are as huge as it's hunger for profit. For this purpose, earth has to be exploited everywhere and thoroughly. Less and less space is left for animals and plants. The list of endangered animals is long, and the list of already extinct animals is longer and increasingly fast growing. Nature- and national parks mean little protection for animals. Bribing money is stronger than the laws are. The extinction rate in Southeast Asia is double as high as in the world's average. In the last twenty years, 50% of Southeast Asia's species got extinct. It's getting lonesome around homo sapiens.
Regrettably, the people of Southeast Asia do not show much respect for animals and wildlife. In their eyes there are basically only two kinds of animals: 'can eat' and 'no can eat'. The 'can eat' category is treated as a soulless merchandise, while the 'no can eat' animals are widely seen as vermin. Except they can be sold as pets.
It's, of course, very difficult to see certain, very shy and human avoiding animals in the wild. One has to go to the animal parks to find them. It's always poor to see intelligent, sensitive animals living under such long-term deprived conditions as most zoos provide. That is not their live here, in the cages, often poorly treated and forced to live in the filth...
On this page you find a small selection of the huge variety of animals living in Southeast Asia.