Vietnam's wildlife was greatly depleted during the Vietnam
War, however things are slowly improving and they still have great diversity. The
country is home to few large mammals, but among those are counted the Java rhinoceros,
the elephant, the bear, and the tiger. There are many more small mammals, including
numerous rodent species and monkeys. The sea life is also abundant, more particularly
in the waters off the coast in the South China Sea. These waters are filled with
thousands of fish and shellfish, including tuna, mackerel, squid, shrimp, lobster,
oysters, and crab.
There are also numerous birds in Vietnam, many of which
migrate with the seasons. Among the birds that can be found at some point during
the year are kingfishers, herons, pigeons, peacocks, pheasants, doves, and eagles.
There are also various reptiles like snakes, turtles, and lizards, as well as a
number of amphibian species.