Unique Flora and Fauna of Southeast Asia

The wildlife of the Southeastern Asia region is very diverse. It contains animals like elephants, orangutan, rhinos, butterflies, and Komodo Dragons.

Orangutan

Orangutans are the only great apes of Southeast Asia. The orangutan is native to Indonesia and Malaysia, but now are only founded on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, which are mostly found in there rain forest. The orangutan spends most of its time in the trees. The species of orangutans is endangered of being extincted because of all of the deforestation has reduced the space that they were able to live and now it limited.  

Rafflesia arnoldii

Rafflesia arnoldii is a parasitic plant, without roots or leaves. This is the largest plant in the world, with the size being almost 3 feet wide.  The flowers are up to1 meter in diameter, and their flesh is reddish brown with white spots. The smell of the flower is like rotting flesh; this smell attracts carrion flies, which are eaten by the flower. Although the flower is apart of the plant kingdom, Rafflesia challenges traditional definitions of what a plant is because they lack chlorophyll and are incapable of photosynthesis.

Borneo’s Bearded Pig

Bornean Bearded Pig

This strange pig, found strictly in Southeast Asia, is easily recognized by its “bearded” snout. Its body is relatively small, combined with a fairly large and long head. They weigh around 100-150 kg, and are covered in small white hairs, which grow longer on the bridge of the snout. They can be found in the mangroves and rain forests of Southeast Asia. Predators of the bearded pig include tigers, pythons, and leopards.

“Rafflesia Arnoldii” by Shawqi Musallam

“Rafflesia Arnoldii (corpse Flower).” Plants & Fungi: Rafflesia Arnoldii (corpse Flower). Web. 25 Apr. 2012. <http://www.kew.org/plants-fungi/Rafflesia-arnoldii.htm&gt;

“Rafflesia arnoldii.” Photograph. Rafflesia arnoldii Robert brown. Np, n.d. Web. April 25, 2012.

Orangutan by J Gooseberry;

“Orangutan Foundation International.” Orangutan Ecology. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.

“Animal Fact Guide.” Orangutan. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.

“Orangutan.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Apr. 2012. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.

Borneo’s Bearded Pig by J. Hurst

“Bornean Bearded Pig.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 2012. Web. 25 April 2012.

Bornean Bear Pig Project. http://www.borneanbearpigproject.com, 2012. Web. 25 April 2012.

“Bornean_Bearded_Pig.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 2012. Web. 25 April 2012.

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