Despite its small size, Nepal has a fairly diverse wildlife
as it reaches from the alpine peaks down to the lowlands. The greatest variety comes
in the mammal population as there are tigers, deer, leopards, rhinoceros, boars,
pandas, bears, marmots, sheep, yak, and rodents like mice. The sea life though is
just the opposite as there are many rivers in the country, but they flow fast and
there are few places that are real suitable for a wide range of species to live
other than in the flatlands near the Indian border. Despite
this, there are many small fish and shellfish in these rivers.
The bird life, like the mammal population, is quite diverse, particularly due to
migrating birds, although there are a significant number of local birds that remain
year-round. Among the birds, peacocks, partridges, ducks, geese, pheasants, and
eagles are common. There are only a few amphibians and reptiles in
Nepal, the most fearsome being the crocodile, which makes its home along
rivers in the country's south.