Southeast Asian Rainforest


So what is Southeast Asian rainforest like.


It is not always clear what is Southeast Asia. Some people refer to it as Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Burney.




Others include the Indochinan countries Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Yet others also include China.

Temple Wagler's Pit Viper Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo
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The first lot of countries, being closer to the equator, originally had larger percentage of land covered by rainforests, however much has been cleared.



Most of Indochinan countries also contain rainforests, even though they are not quite as dense and there are quite large areas in some countries (Laos, Cambodia, parts of Myanmar and China) that are not covered by rainforests. 

Lowland Dipterocarp Forest, Kota Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia, Island of Borneo
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The extensive rainforest destruction that has been happening here is threatening some endemic animals as well as tribal people.

The endemic animals in this part of the world are for example Orangutans, Bornean Leopards, and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Orangutan Swinging from a Vine in the Jungles of North Borneo

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The local tribal rainforest people include Akha, Bajau, Degar, Hmong, Igorot, Karen, Lahu, Lisu, Lumad, Mangyan, Negrito and Sakai.



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