Animals in Thailand: Mammals, Reptiles & Marine Life

Animals in Thailand: Mammals, Reptiles & Marine Life

Thailand’s diverse ecosystems are home to an array of fascinating animals, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. From majestic mammals to slithering reptiles and enchanting marine life, this article introduces you to some of the captivating creatures that call Thailand their home. In this article we will be listing the most interesting 14 Animals in Thailand.

Mammals

Elephants

Elephants hold a special place in Thai culture and they symbolize strength and wisdom. They are considered as one of the most important animals in Thailand. The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is the species found in Thailand. These gentle giants can be spotted in various locations throughout the country.

You can either Spot them in one of the National Parks in Thailand in their natural Habitats, or in one of the Elephant Conservation Camps throughout the Kingdom. If you prefer to spot them in their natural habitat, then you can consider joining one of the Wildlife Tours in Thailand covering Khao Yai National Park or Kui Buri National Park. For the Elephant conservation Camps, there are many operating around Thailand. Some of them are in Phuket, Some others are in Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi and Chonburi. One of the best Ethical Elephant Camps where you can observe them is the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. The park provides a sanctuary for rescued elephants, promoting ethical and responsible tourism.

Elephants the most Popular animal in Thailand

Tigers

The Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) once roamed freely in Thailand’s dense forests. However, due to habitat loss and poaching, their numbers have been significantly reduce in the last decades. Khao Sok National Park is one of the places where they have been sighted, but spotting a tiger in the wild is an extremely rare and privileged experience.

Asian Tigers in Thailand

Gibbons

Known for their melodious calls that echo through the forests, gibbons are enchanting creatures to encounter. The white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar) is one of the most common species found in Thailand (Also Found in Black color). To witness these acrobatic Creatures, head to Khao Sok National Park and Khao Sok Wildlife Sanctuary. The best way is to go in a Guided Tour as the local guides know better where and when exactly to spot them.

Gibbon on a Tree

Binturong

The binturong (Arctictis binturong), also called the bearcat, is a fascinating mammal with a prehensile tail. It’s not easy to spot them, However you may have a chance to see them in the wild at protected areas such as Kaeng Krachan National Park and Khao Sok National Park.

Binturong

Bears

There are two bear Species living in Thailand, the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) and the Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus). The Malayan sun bear is considered as one of the smallest bear species in the world. It has a long Tongue that allows him to reach the honey easily. These bears play a crucial role in their ecosystem especially in controlling insect populations.

Encountering these amazing creatures in the wild is rare, however if you are lucky enough you can find them in various wildlife sanctuaries, such as Doi Inthanon National Park and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

Black Bear in Thailand

Pangolin

InforThe Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) is a critically endangered species and is unfortunately hunted for illegal wildlife trade. To support conservation efforts and catch a glimpse of these unique creatures, visit protected areas like Khao Sok National Park and Kaeng Krachan National Park.

Pangoline in Thailand

Bengal Slow Loris

Information: The Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) is a nocturnal primate found in the southern regions of Thailand. To spot these adorable creatures, explore the forests of Khao Sok National Park and Khao Sok Wildlife Sanctuary during

Bengal Slow Loris

Reptiles

Tokay Gecko

Information: The vibrant and vocal Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) is a common sight in both urban and rural areas across Thailand.

Tokay Gecko

King Cobra

The King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), the world’s longest venomous snake, can be found in various habitats, including forests and grasslands. Keep an eye out for them in national parks like Kaeng Krachan National Park and Khao Sok National Park. They can also be found in other National parks such as Khao Yai and Erawan National Park (Where the beautiful Erawan Watefall is located).

King Cobra

Asian Water Monitor Lizard

The Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator) is a large lizard commonly spotted in wetlands, rivers, and coastal areas across Thailand. This Semi Aquatic creature are very intelligent, and they mainly eat fish, amphibians, small mammals and birds.

The Asian Water monitor is a shy creature and is always trying to avoid human encounter. Many locals consider that spotting this lizard is a sign of Good luck. It’s one of the most popular animals in Thailand, and you can see them sometimes crossing the highways or even in the lakes existing in Bangkok’ Parks.

Monitor Lizard animals in Thailand

Marine Life

Manta Rays

Thailand’s crystal-clear waters offer the perfect habitat for manta rays. The best place to spot these amazing Creatures is at Similan islands and Hin Daeng in the southern Part of the Country.

There are 2 main Species of Manta rays that can be found in Thailand, the Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi) and the Giant Oceanic Manta Ray (Manta birostris). In terms of size, these two species are among the largest rays in the world, their wingspans that can reach up to 7 meters.

Manta Rays in the Andaman Sea Thailand

Pink Dolphins

The rare and enchanting pink dolphins, also known as the Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris), inhabit certain coastal areas. They are found often near Hua Hin (Boat trips are operating in the early morning when there is a high chance to spot them in Groups).

Another Popular place where you can also spot these amazing Pink dolphins is at Nakhon Sri Thammarat near Surat Thani Province. Also Early boat trips by longtail boats offers you the chance to spot them.

PInk Dolphins in the South of Thailand

Whale Sharks

The majestic whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), the largest fish in the world, can be frequently spotted around the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

Whale Shark Thailand

Dugong

The dugong (Dugong dugon), also known as the sea cow, is a fascinating marine mammal found in seagrass beds along the western coast of Thailand, particularly around Trang and Phang Nga Bay.

Dudong Animals in Thailand

Thailand’s rich biodiversity offers a thrilling opportunity to witness these incredible animals in their natural habitats. When going for a wildlife expedition, make sure to practice responsible and ethical tourism, ensuring their preservation for generations to come. Explore the animals in Thailand and embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure.

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