The 12 Most Representative Asian Animals

Jonah Lester
The 12 Most Representative Asian Animals

Some of the most representative animals of Asia They are the peacock, the snow leopard, the elephant, the panda, and the gray wolf. This continent has countries that have up to 4 and 5 national animals, and all species are important.

Asian cultures are recognized for their famous customs of worshiping elements, facts, characters, and animals. These are very important to the lives of many Asians.

Most representative animals of Asia

1- Snow leopard

Also known as irbis, it is a mammal belonging to the family felidae that occurs in places with heights greater than 6000 meters.

It has a tail of great length and thickness, which is used to clothe itself at night in the face of low temperatures. Currently this animal is in danger of extinction.

2- Peacock

This is one of two species in the genus pavo. This bird has always been the object of admiration by man due to the peculiar and extravagant polychrome fan on the tail of the males..

In this species, the males have colors between blue and yellow with some black fur, unlike the females whose fur is brown and white..

3- Komodo Dragon

The Komodo monster is a reptile endemic to some islands of central Indonesia. It has a very large size compared to many reptiles. 

Unlike other animals, it uses its tongue to detect flavors and to smell. Currently this species is in danger of extinction. 

4- Asian elephant

It is the largest mammal in Asia and is a descendant of the African elephant. Years ago its population extended throughout southern Asia to the Persian Gulf.

However, the hunting of this species and its incorrect domestication has caused it to become an endangered species..

5- Indian wolf

It is a species of wolf from India that has highly developed ears and a very short coat..

It is believed that this was one of the first species of wolf domesticated in ancient times.

6- Oryx of Arabia

This animal is a species of artiodactyl mammal, that is, it has two-toed extremities.

It is the smallest of the four species of oryx and the one that is in greater danger of extinction.

It has two long black horns and a black and white fur throughout its body..

7- Pica sericea

The Pica sericea is a bird found in China and northern Indochina.

This is classified as the official bird of many of the regions of Korea and is a very important symbol within Chinese and Korean culture..

8- Indian rhino

This is part of the 3 species of rhinos that can be found in Asia. A rhinoceros is a unicorn mammal.

It is believed that it may have had some influence on the myth of the unicorn. It is currently in danger of extinction.

9- panda bear

The panda bear is one of the animals most preserved by mankind and they are highly appreciated in Japanese culture..

Despite their vulnerability to changing living conditions, pandas have surprised scientists by how they have adapted to live today.

10- Bengal tiger

This is one of the most important animals for the Asian continent. It can currently be found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, and Myanmar.

This species is one of the most important to maintain high natural diversity, which is why it is highly appreciated. Features a grated orange fur with black lines.

11- Yak

Yaks are bovid mammals endemic to the great mountains of the Himalayas and Central Asia, specifically Nepal and Tibet. It is a domesticated species that has been used for plowing tasks thanks to its strength and weight, exceeding 500 kg in some cases. 

12- Gibbon

The gibbon is a monkey made up of 18 subspecies, all distributed throughout Southeast Asia in tropical rainforests. They are very territorial and vigorous, living in groups of up to four members. Its situation is quite critical, being a very threatened species.


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