Wildlife of Asia

Asia – Wildlife Conservation Society

Across more than a dozen countries, from the islands of Indonesia to the forests of Russia, WCS works to protect Asia’s incredible diversity of wildlife and wild places. WCS partners with national and regional governments, local communities, and other scientific organizations throughout the world’s biggest continent, to bolster environmental policy, train new generations of environmental stewards, support sustainable livelihoods, and connect protected areas. Each country we work in offers a unique blend of conservation opportunities and challenges, and it is our goal to meet them with innovative strategies that satisfy the needs of both people and wildlife.

Asia’s tiger numbers could triple if landscapes are protected (2011) Asia’s tiger reserves could support more than 10,000 wild tigers – three times today’s numbers – if they were administrered as large-scale “landscapes” that permit connectivity between the core breeding areas. The recent 2010 promise to double tiger numbers is not only possible, but can be exceeded but warns that it will require a huge effort to ensure core breeding reserves are maintained and connected via habitat corridors.

Asia drives forest growth trend (BBC) The rate of lost of forests in the world has slowed down, chiefly because of a switch from felling to planting in Asia. China, Vietnam, the Philippines and India have all seen their forested areas increase in size.

Books about Asian wildlife

Birds of South-East Asia (Field guide to)

This concise edition of the award-winning field guide is both portable and compact, making the book accessible and key species easier to locate.

A Field Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia

South-East Asia is one of the richest parts of the world in terms of mammals, with species new to science still being described on a regular basis. The first comprehensive guide to the mammals of this region, “A Field Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia” covers all the mammals recorded from mainland South-East Asia, from Myanmar through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia and south to Malaysia. A detailed account with key identification characteristics, habitat and behaviour is included for each species, from large mammals such as big cats, the elephant, rhinoceroses and cetaceans, through bears, langurs and badgers, to bats, flying-foxes and rodents. Detailed line drawings amplify details of anatomy and other aspects. Seventy-two magnificent specially commissioned colour plates by top wildlife artists show nearly 500 major species, and thumbnail maps give information on distribution.