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Wildlife in the Philippines

The Philippines is a fantastic destination for animal fans.  There is an incredible amount of interesting wildlife to check out on your trip.  With thousands of different islands in the country, there are many animals here that you would not find anywhere else in the world and there are all sorts of fantastic creatures to discover under the Philippine sea as well.

Here are some of the most interesting animals to look for on your next visit.

The Philippine Eagle

The official national bird of the country, The Philippine Eagle is also known as the Monkey-eating Eagle or Great Philippine Eagle.  It is very rare and can be found in the deep forests of the Philippines.

The bird is one of the largest types of eagle and one of the most powerful birds in the world.

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Stripe-Faced Flying Fox

Technically the stripe faced flying fox is a rare type of bat, but gets its name due to its fox-like face. The bats can be found on the island of Mondoro.

Tarsier

Tarsiers are nocturnal creatures, sleeping through the day then becoming active at night. They use their ability to jump up to 10 feet to travel through the forest, hunting small creatures including insects and lizards.

Philippine Mouse-Deer

The Philippine Mouse-Deer is also known as the Pilandok and is found on the island of Palawan.  The Mouse-Deer is active at night, feeding on fruits, leaves, buds and grasses.

Tamaraw

The Tamaraw is related to the common water buffalo and is the largest native mammal in the Philippines.  The Tamaraw is unique to the Philippines, specifically the island of Mindoro.  They’re identified by their hairy bodies and v-shaped horns.  These animals are critically endangered and can only be seen in a few, isolated parts of the island.

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