The most beautiful plants and animals in the Philippines
No matter what time of year you visit the Philippines, you will undoubtedly be mesmerized by its unique flora and fauna. The plants and animals of the Philippines are so rich in biodiversity that they number 52,177 species.
Below is an overview of the most interesting plants and animals to spot while visiting this tropical country. From birds to reptiles, including fruits and flowers; the Philippines has something for everyone.
The Philippines is known as one of the ten ASEAN countries. Please note that a new type of visa called ASEAN Common Visa will be introduced in the near future. When planning your trip, be sure to check the necessary documents in advance.
What types of animals live in the Philippines?
The island country is home to thousands of species of animals, many of which are endemic and some of which can be dangerous. It is wise to keep an eye out and, if in doubt, to consult a local.
The Philippines is home to over 200 species of animals, including:
– Red and brown deer
– Tamaraw can be spotted in Mindoro
– Water buffalo
– Whale sharks can be sighted in Donsol, Luzon.
Advice: If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors discovering the flora and fauna of the country’s 7,000 tropical islands, be sure to discuss the vaccines you need for the Philippines with your healthcare professional before you travel. .
There are also hundreds of different bird species in the Philippines, many of which can be seen in Palawan, including:
– Birds of the jungle
– Philippine eagles (Pithecophaga jefferyi) can be seen in Mindanao, Luzon
– The Philippine tarsier can be spotted in Corella, Bohol
– The weaving birds.
The lakes, rivers and ponds, as well as the seas surrounding the islands, are inhabited by more than 2,000 varieties of fish, making the Philippines an ideal diving destination.
Some of the most remarkable marine life is found around the Tubbataha reefs in the Sulu Sea; a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
Philippine marine species
– Arius manillensis is endemic to the island of Luçon
– Dugong can be spotted in Busuanga
– The chano
– Seahorses can be seen in the reefs of the Visayan Islands.
Some endemic freshwater fish in the Philippines include:
– Dwarf Pygmy Gobi
– Pandaca Pigmea
– Sardinella tawilis is only found in Lake Taal.
Advice: Depending on what time of year you are visiting, be sure to review some of the health and safety precautions for the Philippines and keep them in mind in case the weather suddenly changes.
The Philippines is also home to unique reptiles and amphibians, many of which are endemic to its islands, including:
– Frogs, many of which can fly
– Sea turtles
– Philippine crocodile
– Marine crocodile
– Water monitors
And finally, the Philippines has nearly 21,000 species of insects and invertebrates, many of which are found only on its islands, including:
– Tiger Beetles
– Butterflies of the Atlas
– Freshwater crabs.
Dangerous animals of the Philippines
Some of the animals found on these tropical islands are dangerous. If you come across them during your visit, don’t try to touch them and ask for help from a local:
– Arizona Bark Scorpion
– Blue-ringed octopus
– Box jellyfish
– Great white sharks
– Serpent Krait
– Mosquitoes (some of which are carriers of the dengue virus)
– Philippine Cobra
– Red-backed spider
– Scolopendrida Millipede
– Stray dogs and bats (can be carriers of rabies).
Advice: Wear adequate sunscreen and insect repellant with DEET (and reapply often) when spending many hours outdoors. Keep a water bottle on hand to stay well hydrated if it’s hot during your visit.
What kind of vegetation can I see in the Philippines?
The vegetation of the Philippines resembles that of Malaysia since the two countries share a similar tropical climate. Nevertheless, a large number of plant species found in the Philippines (including ¾ of their 1000 species of orchids) are not found anywhere else in the world.
The islands are known for their thousands of species of colorful flowering plants and other remarkable species, including:
– Palm trees
– giant figs
If you want to spot some beautiful plants in the Philippines, be sure to visit their Botanical Gardens where you can soak up all of their lush vegetation:
– Manila Zoo, formerly known as the Manila Zoological and Botanical Gardens
– Mehan Garden, also in Manila
– Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, in Diliman
– University of the Philippines Arboretum, also in Diliman.
What exotic fruits can I find in the Philippines?
Thanks to its tropical climate, the Philippines offers many delicious and unique fruits, including:
– Sugar apple.
Now that you know everything you need to know about the most beautiful plants, animals and fruits of the Philippines, consider bookmarking this page to keep it handy when you travel.