Sunday, October 3, 2010

endemic animals in the Philippines

Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons)
How I wish these two cute piglets remain forever young. They simply look adorable and attractive with their striped bodies.
Look at the animal’s transformation. It looks like a devil when full grown. This one-of- its-kind pig is critically endangered and the leading factors include; threatened by habitat loss, food shortages and hunting.
Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat (Phloeomys pallidus)
This rodent that can be found only in the Philippines is a nocturnal animal lives in the forest. This mammal is an herbivore and moves very slowly. They are eaten by large birds. Due to its large size, they are heavily hunted for their
meat. It is a critically endangered species.
Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus)
One of the weirdest and ferocious-looking animals in the world is the Bearded Pig. It looks weird because of its beard – a very unusual feature for a pig. This pig lives in rainforests and mangrove forest. Bearded Pigs also sometimes have tassels on their tail. It is also known as the Bornean Bearded Pig.
The Philippines is truly unique in having the largest number of “endemic suids” Other pig species that can be found in this country are;
Palawan Bearded Pig (Sus ahoenobarbus)
The Palawan Bearded Pig can be found on the islands of Balabac, Calamian and Palawan. It is about 1.6 meters in length and can grow up to I meter tall and can weigh up to 150 kg.
Oliver’s Warty Pig (Sus oliveri)
Oliver's Warty Pig, which is also commonly called Mindoro Warty Pig, is a small species of pig native to Mindoro.
Philippine Warty Pig (Sus philippensis)
The Philippine Warty Pig is a species with two pairs of warts and with a tuft of hair extending outwards from the warts closest to the jaw. It can be found in Luzon, Catanduanes, Leyte, Mindoro, Samar, Jolo and other Philippine provinces. Its population greatly declined due to loss of habitat and heavy hunting by noose traps or trigger set bullets.
Flying Dragon (Draco volans)
The Flying Dragon is an animal that does not actually fly but glides. It is endemic to the Philippines and other neighboring countries. The Flying Dragon can glide from tree to tree over distances upwards of 8 meters or 25 feet. It feeds on ants and termites.
Philippine Porcupine (Hystrix pumila)
The Philippine Porcupine is a rodent that can only be found in the island of Palawan in the Philippines. This rodent belongs to the Old World porcupines. This unique animal is also known as the Indonesian Porcupine or the Palawan Porcupine.
Visayan Spotted Deer (Cervus rusa alfredi)
It’s quite unusual but this deer - the Visayan Spotted Deer is a nocturnal animal. It is endangered and can be found in the Visayan islands of Negros and Panay. It is also known as the Philippine Spotted Deer.
Philippine Deer (Cervus mariannus)
Another species of deer that is critically endangered is the Philippine Deer. They can be found in abundance decades ago in forested areas of the Philippines.
Philippine Mouse-deer (Tragulus nigricans)
The Philippine Mouse-deer, which is commonly called Pilandok in Philippine Language, is endemic to Balabac Island in Palawan. This nocturnal ruminant can also be found in smaller islands nearby. Although it is commonly called Philippine Mouse-Deer, it actually belongs to chevrotain family. It is also known as the Balabac Mouse Deer.
Greater Dwarf Cloud Rat (Carpomys melanurus)
Would you believe that meats of many rat species in the Philippines are considered delicacies? This is the reason why many rat species are critically endangered in this country. The Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat is a rodent, as stated on its common name, which can be found in the island of Luzon. It is also known as Greater Dwarf Cloud Rat
Southern Giant Slender-tailed Cloud Rat (Phloeomys cumingi)
The Southern Giant Slender-tailed Cloud Rat or Southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat is another species of rodent that can only be found in the Philippines. Other species of cloud rats endemic to the Philippines include Bushy-tailed Cloud Rat, Giant Bushy-tailed Cloud Rat, Dinagat Island Cloud Rat and Panay Bushy-tailed Cloud Rat.
Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo (Bubalus mindorensis)
The Tamaraw or Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo, which is a small hoofed mammal similar in appearance to a water buffalo, can only be found in the island of Mindoro, Philippines. It is now an endangered species because of human habitation, hunting and logging.