Animals in Asia

Below you can find a complete list of Asian animals. We currently track 276 animals in Asia and are adding more every day!

Asia is the world’s most populous and biggest continent in the Northern and Eastern hemispheres, with the world’s longest coastline and the highest and lowest points on the Earth’s surface. It includes countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Siberia, India, Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, and a few countries in the Middle East.

It has a mostly dry climate throughout, the biggest weather extremes in the west, and monsoons affecting the south and east. Habitats range from deserts, mountains, forests, and tropical jungles to urban areas. Such a vast and varied landscape with several remote regions mean Asian wildlife is just as diverse.

The Official National Animal of Asia

Because Asia is a continent and not a country, there is no official animal. However, there is wildlife that one might recognize as being representative of Asia in popular culture:

The Giant Panda of China is a global icon and China’s national treasure that has been brought back from being “endangered” and is now listed as “vulnerable,” thanks to strong conservation efforts in the country. It is native to the bamboo forests of South Central China. This true bear shares a common ancestor with the family Ursidae but diverged about 1.9 million years ago, making this species a living fossil.

The Asian Elephant is the biggest of the continent’s land-dwelling mammals, although it’s smaller than its African relative. The 3 subspecies are the Indian, Sumatran, and Sri Lankan. Its weight can reach 11,000lbs, its length can reach 21ft (6.4m) and height can reach 11.5ft (3.5m). This species is listed as Endangered.

The Asian Black Bear is a medium-sized bear that lives in forests all across the continent. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The tiger is another common global icon for Asia. There are 6 surviving tiger subspecies on the continent:

Where To Find The Top Wild Animals in Asia

The best place to safely look at the most popular wildlife in Asia is a zoo, national park, or other protected areas. You can see Giant Pandas in their hometown of Chengdu. The Dujiangyan Panda Base, Gengda Giant Panda Center, and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base are all accessible to tourists.

The best places to see Asian elephants are Parambikulam, India, and Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. If you’re interested in seeing Asian black bears in near-wild conditions, check out the Tat Kuang Si rescue center 30km away from Luang Prabang, especially the Kuang Si Falls from July through October. Finally, the national parks of India, especially Nagarahole, Ranthambore, Panna, and Kanha are the best places to see Asian tigers.

The Most Dangerous Animals In Asia Today

The most dangerous wildlife in Asia attacks humans in unique ways. Asian Elephants charge with an average weight of 4 tons, while Indian Rhinoceroses weigh over 4 tons and have a large horn. Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Lions are heavy and fast and known to eat people. Sloth Bears have curved, powerful claws and unpredictable behavior, being as likely to attack as they are to run away.

Komodo Dragons are the biggest lizards in the world, weighing around 350lbs (160kg) and measuring over 10ft (3m) long, and often fatally attacking people with bacteria-filled bites. Saltwater Crocodiles ambush their prey on land but have been known to take victims in the open ocean. All of the “big three” deadly sharks are in Asia: The Great White, Tiger, and Bull sharks, and they are common in populated coastal areas.

On the other hand, some of the most dangerous wildlife in Asia are not always the biggest animals. King Cobra snakes are the longest snakes in the world, one of the most venomous on the continent and like other cobras has a deadly neurotoxic venom. It’s considered one of the “big four” snakes alongside the Russell’s viper, the saw-scaled viper and the common krait.

Asian Giant Hornets kill several people in China and Japan every year, its venom of both cytotoxins and neurotoxins causing extreme pain and being fatal in high enough doses. Fattail Scorpions live in the desert regions of India, the Middle East and North Africa. Their stings contain a powerful neurotoxin which is fast-acting and lethal, with the ability to cause respiratory paralysis and death in a few hours without access to anti-venom.

Endangered Animals In Asia

Many of the most popular wildlife in Asia are endangered according to the IUCN Red List:

Extinct Animals in Asia

Among the recently extinct wildlife of Asia are three tiger subspecies: Bali, Javan and Caspian. They became extinct due to hunting, habitat loss and loss of main prey.

Unique Animals in Asia

The Sun Bear, Clouded Leopard and Draco Lizard are a few examples of unique wildlife in Asia that can’t be found anywhere else. The Sun Bear and Draco Lizard both in the tropical forests of southeast Asia, while the Clouded Leopard lives in China, southeast Asia and the Himalayan foothills.

Asian Countries Animals Lists

Click any of the countries below to see a detailed list of animals located in that country!

Asian Animals

Afghan Hound

First used as a shepherd and hunter!


An innate sense of direction!


Very clean, intelligent and loyal!


They have two sets of eyelids!

Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth!

Angora Goat

Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.


First evolved 100 million years ago!


Renew their horns every year!

Asian Elephant

Domesticated for hundreds of years!

Asian Giant Hornet

The largest wasp in the world!

Asian Palm Civet

It mainly eats mangos and coffee!

Asiatic Black Bear

Known to eat 160 different tree-borne fruits in Thailand!


Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!


Has a curved, upturned beak!


Babirusas can stand on their back hooves to eat leaves on the lower branches of a tree.


Can travel more than four miles a day!

Bactrian Camel

The camel with two humps!

Banded Palm Civet

Markings give it camouflage!


There are over 2,000 known species!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!


Detects prey using echolocation!


There are 8 different species!


There are more than 350,000 different species

Bengal Tiger

The most numerous species of tiger!


Also known as the Asian Bearcat!


Not all birds are able to fly!

Bird Of Paradise

There are around 50 different species!


Also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma!

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Bornean Orang-utan

Known to use large leaves as umbrellas!

Borneo Elephant

The smallest species of elephant!

Brown Bear

A dominant predator in it's environment!


The most common species of bee!


Adoring, elegant and affectionate!

Burmese Python

These snakes can swallow their prey as whole.


There are thought to be up 20,000 species!


Can survive without water for 10 months!

Camel Cricket

The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.

Camel Spider

Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.

Canaan Dog

Has a strong survival instinct!


Has 20 different muscles in it's ears!


The carp is one of the most popular pond fishes in the world

Cashmere Goat

Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan


First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!


The larvae of a moth or butterfly!


There are nearly 3,000 different species!


There are about 3,000 documented species!


There are more than 160 different species!


The fastest land mammal in the world!


First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

Chinese Crested Dog

A hairless breed of dog!

Chinese Paddlefish

The Chinese paddlefish is one the largest freshwater fish in the world

Chinese Shar-Pei

These dogs have a blue and black tongue.

Chow Chow

Loyal and affectionate to it's family!


Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

Clouded Leopard

Has canines that can be two inches long!


Highly social, smart, and chatty bird.


Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

Common Raven

A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.


There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!


There are 93 different crab groups

Crab-Eating Macaque

Found throughout the South-East Asian jungles!

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings


Many are critically endangered species!


Have changed little in 200 million years!


Has a long, strong prehensile tail!


There are around 40 different species!

Desert Locust

Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.


Only 2,000 left in the wild!


First domesticated in South-East Asia!


First domesticated 5,000 years ago!


Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!


It's larvae are carnivorous!


Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!


Has exceptional eyesight!


There are nearly 2,000 different species!


Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!


Spends around 22 hours a day eating!


Adult males can jump eight feet vertically


A very bold and ferocious predator!


The fastest creatures on the planet!

Fallow deer

The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.

Fennec Fox

Found in the African Sahara Desert!

Fire-Bellied Toad

Found across mainland Europe and Asia!

Fishing Cat

Scoops fish out of the water using it's paw!


Sleeps on just one leg!


There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Lemur

The second pair of upper incisors in a flying lemur has a double root, which is unique for mammals.

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!


There are 12 different species in the world!


There are around 7,000 different species!

Fruit Bat

Among the largest bats in the world


There are thought to be over 2,000 species!


Originally known as the Desert Rat!


Found in the murky waters of Northern India!

Giant Panda Bear

Bamboo makes up 99 per cent of their diet!

Giant Salamander

Cryptobranchus giant salamanders breathe mostly through their skin.


Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!


Most closely related to the Sheep!

Golden-Crowned Flying Fox

They eat figs almost exclusively

Golden Oriole

Migrates between Europe and Asia!


There are 29 different species!


There are 11,000 known species!

Green Bee-Eater

Mainly eats honeybees!


Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!


Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!


Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!


Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Honey Badger

One of earth's bravest creatures!

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!


Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!


The bird has a massive horn on its bill!


Has evolved over 50 million years!


Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.

Horseshoe Crab

Changed little in over 500 million years!


Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.


There are four different species!


Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill


Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!

Indian Elephant

Found throughout south-east Asia!

Indian Giant Squirrel

Indian giant squirrels use their large tail to help them balance.

Indian Palm Squirrel

Natively found in parts of India and Sri Lanka!

Indian Rhinoceros

Also known as the one-horned rhino!

Indian Star Tortoise

Popular in the exotic pet trade!

Indochinese Tiger

Now thought to be extinct in China!


There are an estimated 30 million species!


Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!

Japanese Chin

Alert, intelligent and independent!

Japanese Macaque

Has cheek pouches for storing food!

Japanese Squirrel

The Japanese squirrel hoards its food for the winter

Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terriers are also called Nippon Terriers

Javan Rhinoceros

Only has a 25cm long horn!


Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!

King Cobra

They are the longest poisonous snake in the world.


Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

Komodo Dragon

Only found on five Indonesian islands


There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!


Spends much of the time high in the trees!

Leopard Cat

There are 11 different species!


The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!


Lives in small groups called prides!


There are around 5,000 different species!


Have sharp spines below their eyes


Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Long-Eared Owl

Ear tufts make it look bigger!


The lorikeet has a long brush-like tongue with fine hairs on it


They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

Malayan Civet

Also known as the Oriental Civet!

Malayan Tiger

Found in less-dense jungles!


With an appropriate tail wind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day


Less than 2,500 left in the wild!


A marmot spends 80% of its life below ground

Marsh Frog

Has bright green skin!

Masked Palm Civet

Found throughout Asia, India and China!


There are 2,500 known species worldwide!


Females lay up to 5 million eggs at one time in warm, shallow and salty waters


Some species have a poisonous bite!


Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Monarch Butterfly

During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.


Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!


Has characteristics of two or more breeds!

Monitor Lizard

Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!


There are around 260 known species!


Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!


There are 250,000 different species!


Found on every continent on Earth!


The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!


The muskrat can stay underwater up to 17 minutes at a time

Myna Bird

For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.


Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!


Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!


Named more than 1,000 years ago!

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.


Shares 97% of its DNA with humans!


There are 13 different species worldwide


Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period


Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell


Can live for up to 100 years!


Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!


Thought to be over 2,000 years old!

Pere Davids Deer

Has webbing between its toes, aiding in swimming!

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth


Thought to have originated in the Middle East!


Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!


Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!


They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.


Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Pike Fish

Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!


There are 30 different species worldwide!

Proboscis Monkey

Natively found on the island of Borneo!


Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!

Purple Emperor Butterfly

Inhabits deciduous forests!


Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!


There are more than 50 different species!

Raccoon Dog

The only hibernating canine!


Omnivores that eat anything!

Red Fox

The red fox actually has many different variations of fur, including silver and brown.

Red Panda

There are less than 3,000 left in the wild!


It's horns are made from keratin!

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!


There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!

Rock Hyrax

Actually related to Elephants and Manatees!


The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.


Their fur has been considered a luxury item since the Middle Ages


Large noses help filter out dust


There are more than 700 different species!

Sand Lizard

Males turn green in spring!


Only known to science since 1992!


There are around 2,000 known species!


Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!


Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are one of six native dog breeds from Japan.

Shih Tzu

Can live for up to 15 years!


There are 2,000 different species worldwide!


Originated from temple cats in Thailand!

Siamese Fighting Fish

Can live in low-oxygen environments!

Siberian Tiger

Also known as the Amur tiger!

Skink Lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.


Also known as the Polecat!

Slow Worm

Found widely throughout British gardens!


There are nearly 1,000 different species!


There are around 3,000 known species worldwide

Snow Leopard

Unlike other big cats, snow leopards don’t roar.

South China Tiger

There are less than 20 in the wild!


There are 140 different species!


Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Sri Lankan Elephant

Now restricted to a few parks!

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!


Average adults weigh about 200 grams!

Striped Hyena

The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.

Sugar Glider

Can glide for over 100 feet before touching the ground

Sumatran Elephant

Less than 2,000 left in the wild!

Sumatran Orang-utan

Known to make mental maps of the forest!

Sumatran Rhinoceros

The smallest species of rhino!

Sumatran Tiger

The smallest species of tiger!

Sun Bear

The smallest species of bear in the world!

Swai Fish

The edges of an iridescent shark's fins have a signature glow


Populations have been affected by pollution!

Syrian Hamster

Can get used to and respond to human voice

Tapanuli Orang-utan

Inhabits an isolated mountain range in northwestern Sumatra!


Most closely related to horses and rhinos!


Each eye weighs more than their whole brain!

Tawny Owl

The most widespread owl in Europe!


Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Thai Ridgeback

In their native Thailand, Thai Ridgebacks were used to hunt cobras.


The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.

Tibetan Fox

Tibetan foxes are not territorial and will share a hunting ground with other mated pairs.

Tibetan Mastiff

Originally bred in the Himalayan mountains!

Tibetan Spaniel

Originally bred to be a companion dog in Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan terriers have round, flat, “snow shoe” feet that evolved to give them traction on snowy Himalayan paths


The largest feline in the world!

Tiger Moth

The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.


Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!


Their guano is used in face creams!


There are 30 different species worldwide!

Walking Catfish

The walking catfish can move on land while breathing air


There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Water Dragon

Spends most of it's time in the trees!


The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

White Tiger

None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!

Wild Boar

Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!


Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

Wood Turtle

Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs


Actually a crustacean, not an insect!


There are 200 different species!


There are only a few left in the wild!

Zebra Finch

The male zebra finch creates a unique song by drawing inspiration from its parent or tutor


There are around 75 different species!

Asian Animals List

Animals in Asia FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What animals live in Asia?

Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, bears, monkeys, camels, birds and snakes are just some examples of Asian wildlife, as are more exotic and unique species such as the Malayan Tapir, Slow Loris, Japanese Macaque and the Lesser Bird-of-Paradise.

What are some animals that are unique to Asia?

Sun Bears, Clouded Leopards and Draco Lizards.

How many different animals live in Asia?

There are as many animals as there are habitat types in Asia, from desert and land-dwelling to forest and jungle-dwelling as well as ocean wildlife.

What is the biggest animal in Asia?

It depends on the type of animal. The biggest land animal on the continent is the Asian elephant, the saltwater crocodile is the biggest reptile there and in the world and the blue whale is the biggest marine mammal there and in the world.