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Meet the Philippine Wildlife World Record Holders

Updated on November 1, 2015

Big or Small Philippine Fauna is Distinct yet Fascinating...

(Second of two parts) The diversity of the Philippines in terms of marine life and flora and fauna is truly astonishing as it is lavished with interesting features that will truly sets them apart from other animals that inhabit the planet. This article endeavors to highlight the distinct features of these wild and peculiar animals found in the Philippines.

Here are some pictures or images of rare animals in the Philippines

The consummate hunter in the wild the mighty and humble Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle is in danger of losing its fragile habitat, due to illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming.
The consummate hunter in the wild the mighty and humble Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle is in danger of losing its fragile habitat, due to illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming.

Here are some animals with remarkable characteristics and features that are found in the Philippines:

The Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle or the Philippine Eagle. Featured in the hub by GeneralHowitzer titled The Conservation of the World’s Rarest Bird of Prey, this majestic bird of prey is the rarest, and second largest of its kind in the planet. Has the scientific name Pithecophaga Jefferyi, this mighty eagle can be found in Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Highly endangered, the Philippine Eagle resembles some similarities with the Papua New Guinea’s Harpy Eagle. The Philippine Eagle is one of the 400 exotic bird species in the country.

A gentle glider in mid air Kagwang is distinct on its own. Photo from flickr.com
A gentle glider in mid air Kagwang is distinct on its own. Photo from flickr.com

Kagwang

Kagwang or also known by its scientific name Cynocephalus Volans, is featured already in GeneralHowitzer’s article The Philippine Wildlife :: Rare Animals in the Philippines, and reputed to be one of the most unique creatures on earth that found residence in the country. This lovely animal is the subject of dispute among zoologists, since it is still uncertain if this animal specie belongs to the flying lemur family that is found only in Madagascar and Comoros Island.

The smallest bat in the world - the Bamboo Bat of the Philippines. Photo from trulscronberg.com
The smallest bat in the world - the Bamboo Bat of the Philippines. Photo from trulscronberg.com

Bamboo Bat

Bamboo Bat – The smallest bat in the world only measures 4 cms. in length, has a wingspan of 15 cms., and weights only 1.5 grams. This tiny bat species has the scientific name Vespertilionid.

This creature is neither Count Dracula nor a Fox. This is the world's heaviest bat in the world and its staple diet is consists of fruits and insects. Photo from weyakin.blogspot.com
This creature is neither Count Dracula nor a Fox. This is the world's heaviest bat in the world and its staple diet is consists of fruits and insects. Photo from weyakin.blogspot.com
The world's largest bat in the world, the rare Golden Crown Flying Fox. Photo from flickr.com
The world's largest bat in the world, the rare Golden Crown Flying Fox. Photo from flickr.com

Giant Flying Fox

Giant Flying Fox – It is a double celebration for the Philippines when it comes to the bats category, since the country also boasts of the heaviest bat, that is, the Giant Flying Fox. Though not a fox as what its name implies, this is the heaviest of all bats in the planet, weighing up to 2.5 kgs. This nocturnal animal inhabits the delicate virgin forest of Subic Bay and Bataan, which is home to the world’s biggest roosting site of bats in the world.

Golden Crown Flying Fox – Hmmm, the celebration for the bat's accomplishments for the country in the world centerstage doesn’t ends with the Giant Flying Fox. Why not make it a triple celebration of sorts, as the third bat next in line is the world’s largest. Imagine how long the wingspan of this animal is? It can reach to a length that is equivalent to 6 feet, roughly the same size of a regular point guard in the NBA. Whoa, enormous for such a creature indeed.

The elusive Philippine mouse deer in Palawan Philippines. Photo from pcsd.ph
The elusive Philippine mouse deer in Palawan Philippines. Photo from pcsd.ph

Philippine Mouse Deer

Philippine Mouse Deer - Carrying the local name Pilandok this diminutive animal is the world’s smallest hoofed animal. Standing gallantly at about 40 cms. at the shoulder level (animals – four legged- are usually measured this way). This great animal thrives on Balabac Island, in the Southern part of Palawan.

Naive and wild, the Philippine Spotted greatest predators are the humans. Photo from deer-pictures.com
Naive and wild, the Philippine Spotted greatest predators are the humans. Photo from deer-pictures.com

The Philippine Spotted Deer

The Philippine Spotted Deer – The most endangered deer in the world is found in the Philippines and also happens to be the rarest. This graceful deer is also known by its scientific name Cervus Alfredi and indeed in dire need of more conservation efforts to keep them flourishing in the forests of Panay, Hunted and prized for its delicious pinkish meat this animal sports oval yellowish white spots on its back and sides. Standing only about 80 cms. at the shoulder, this animal has soft and long hair that covers its body.

The Tamaraw in Mindoro, Philippines. Photo from ziva.avcr.cz
The Tamaraw in Mindoro, Philippines. Photo from ziva.avcr.cz

Tamaraw

Tamaraw – also featured in the article The Philippine Wildlife :: Rare Animals in the Philippines, Tamaraw is the largest endangered animal in the country. Moreover this mammal is listed as one of the 10 most endangered species in the world in the lists of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

An excellent bug hunter during nighttime, the Philippine Tarsier may look unusual but this animal is relatively tame and gentle. Photo from sthalumni.ning.com
An excellent bug hunter during nighttime, the Philippine Tarsier may look unusual but this animal is relatively tame and gentle. Photo from sthalumni.ning.com

Philippine Tarsier

Philippine Tarsier – This unusual yet cute looking animal is the world’s smallest primate as it measures only 12 cms in length. This nocturnal animal is unique in a sense that it is capable of turning its head 180 degrees to make up for its immobile eyes. Distinct as it is, the Philippine Tarsier, is not gifted with tapetum, which is a protective tissue and reflective layer in the eyes that is present on its cousins.

This animal maybe meek and harmless but shouldn’t be made as pets because they are accustomed to the wild. The Philippine Tarsier thrives in Samar, Leyte, Bohol and Mindanao. Additionally, this animal got its name from its elongated tarsus bone and gifted with superb jumping ability. It can leap from one place to another at a distance of up to three feet, beat that “Hermit the Frog,” and my dear princess 60dc teammate “Frogdropping,” nyahahaha…

My wild fifteenth 60dc hub.

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      The Philippines at Center Stage 

      6 years ago

      The good side is that the Philippines offer a venue to the visitors to experience enjoyable experience? I believe that, yes, you can have fun in the Philippines, provided that certain criteria are met. Moments, savor the natural beauty of its landscape, and have fun. This is the only island that I know of that is comprised of 1,707 small islands, most of which are uninhabitable. The Philippines, as a tropical country, offers an awesome and inspiring panoramic view of several thousands of small islands that seem interconnected so beautifully. If you love water sports and island-hopping, then the Philippines is a real island paradise, second to none, allowing you a sublime experience? I believe that, yes, you can have fun in the Philippines, provided that certain criteria are met.

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      ameba pico 

      6 years ago

      I love it very interesting Im amazed!

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      alcris vicariato 

      7 years ago

      wow philippines / Filipinas kay ganda

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      alcris vicariato 

      7 years ago

      wow philippines / Filipinas kay ganda

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      IndoVillas 

      7 years ago

      I've been to Bohol and I get a chance to hold one of those cute Tarsiers, they are really nice.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      I love anything to do with wildlife /nature so this one was a treat.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      This is really fascinating. I did a couple similar hubs!

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      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Great hub!!

      I did not know about the other species myself.

      Thank you GeneralHowitzer

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah mulberry1... Thanks a lot for the visit...

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      Great info. I know the Philippines is a beautiful country, now I know more about the wildlife.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks a lot hippi!

      and thanks for the visit too my dear pdh...

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      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh my gosh! The tarsier is soooooo adorable! AND...the wingspan of that bat!?? WoW! Wonderful hub!

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @Ingenira - hehehe this is not yet done I still add more info here as the 60dc progresses...

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      I am glad you are featuring Philippines best GH, Maita

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this hub. I would love to visit the Philippines some day.

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      Ingenira 

      8 years ago

      interesting and eye-opening for me. :)

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks a lot Bk for the very encouraging comment

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh, this is just so beautiful!

      This is how I want to live GeneralHowitzer. I want to live with some amazing animals. Until I do, I will bookmark your hub so I can live vicariously. Thanks so much - and I will rate it 'up' - because aren't we so lucky to share the earth with such amazing creatures? Wow!

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks a lot too Jill for the visit! I really appreciate you find time to visit!

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      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for writing this hub GH! It's great!

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