Malaysia, like much of Southeast Asia is loaded with wildlife
diversity. The mammals present vary from large to small, ranging from the tiger,
leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, to the tapir, deer, boar, and even smaller to the
bat, squirrel, and various monkeys. This diversity continues into the water, which
cover many of Malaysia's coasts. There are numerous coral reefs off the coasts
and these are home to thousands of fish and shellfish, such as tuna, mackerel, marlin,
barracuda, crab, shrimp, and sharks.
The bird species are also quite diverse as hundreds of bird species call the country
home or migrate to and from the country. Some of the more unusual or common birds
include hornbills, woodpeckers, pittas, eagles, kingfishers, storks, and more. Among
the reptiles and amphibians, the sea turtle is one attraction, while the snake is
often avoided, but both are present in decent numbers. There are also various lizards,
crocodiles, and frogs in smaller numbers. Malaysia is home
to thousands of insect, with the butterfly being one of the better attractions.