Endangered Species in Asia Rainforests


This is not a complete list of endangered species in Asia rainforests, but rather a description of some more common plants and animals.

Plants
Some of the most endangered rainforest plants in Asia as elsewhere in the world are orchids.






There are thousands of species of them and because of their amazing shapes and sometimes sizes, they have been popular with orchid collectors and orchid trade. In the old days, before orchids got protected, some collectors would collect every single species and then burn the area to corner the market.

Pitcher Plant, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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Rafflesia flower is the largest flower in the world and one of the most endangered rainforest plants.



Rafflesia is also an orchid. There are 27 species of them, all found in Asia. 

Close-up of a Rare Orchid Flower, Borneo, Asia
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Animals

Orangutans
are only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They are endangered because of habitat destruction and hunting.

Young Orangutan Swinging from a Vine in the Jungles of North Borneo

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Bengal tigers - other animals endemic to Asia - are extremely endangered. While 100,000 individuals were once estimated to live in Asian rainforests, their numbers now are as low as 4,000.

 


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