The Wildlife of Southern Thailand
Thailand's treasures include not only
scrumptious food and remarkable culture, there is a lot of
very unique wildlife.
Our favorite jungle wildlife tour is to Khao Sok National Park.
The amount of wildlife there is astounding!
We have photos of most of what we've seen. We don't just list
what is 'supposed' to be here. Wild claims like seeing tigers
in Khao Sok don't ever seem to be supported by photos...hmm.
Elephant are there and we see them rather often.
Check out this Khao
Sok elephant video.
You can see some of our photos at:
Khao Sok images (general wildlife
& scenery, birds, reptiles, and elephants)
Cave animals (taken by one of our
Insect images (6 image gallery
Butterfly image gallery
Several awesome image galleries are on our Pinterest
Thailand wildlife - plants and animals information
- Of the 282 species of mammals in
Thailand, 92 are bats. Bats make up
approximately 30% of all the mammal species on the earth.
- 90% of all the animals in Thailand are insects.
- Thailand hosts 30 species of sea snakes.
- There are 4 species of sea turtles here.
Interestingly, a turtle’s sex is determined by the
temperature in the nest. Warmer nests produce females,
whereas cooler or deeper ones produce males.
- There are over 1,300 varieties of orchids.
- There are at least 1,900 species of fish
in the waters around Thailand (likely to be 30 to 40%
- Thailand has 1,200 species of butterflies.
- There are approximately 200 species of hawk moths
- There are at least 405 species of reptiles
- 10,000 species of beetles has been
recorded in one national park alone.
- Over 200 species of trees can exist in a
100 square meter section of rainforest.
- Did you know that there are at least 400 species of coral
- Thailand has 250 species of hard corals.
- At least 204 species of birds that have
been recorded in Thailand’s mangrove forests!
- There have been more than 925 species of birds
recorded in Thailand.
- 54 species of crabs have been recorded
in the mangrove forests of Thailand.
- Less than 1,500 square kilometers (600 square miles) of mangrove
forest still exist on the coastlines of Thailand.
Of that, only 3% is in “protected” areas.
- A research project on the plants of Thailand has produced
of 25,000 species of vascular plants
(plants that have transport systems for saps and fluids).
Approximately 12,000 species are flowering plants.
- Over 100 species of ficus (fig) exist in
Thailand. They all bear fruit at different times. They are a
major source of food for many animal species. Incidentally,
there are over 700 species worldwide and 500 of those exist
in Asia and Astral-Asia. Even the botanists have a difficult
time telling some species apart.
- Thailand boasts 13 primates, 3 apes
(all gibbons), 9 monkeys
(langurs and macaques)
and the very cute little Slow Loris.