Are you fascinated by strange animals? Mesmerized by colorful and bizarre creatures? Puzzled by their strange habits? The Philippines offers a veritable gold mine for all of this, and Nezasa in turn has produced a Quick Guide to bring you up to speed on the most intriguing animals you can see while visiting this remarkable country.See our Quick Guide online
This vast archipelago of 7,100-strong islands in Southeast Asia is making leaps and bounds as a favored destination for ecological explorers. In fact, the country boasts the highest percentage of total government expenditures spent on travel and tourism in the world according to a 2013 study by the World Economic Forum
Included with breathtaking tropical paradises and stunning cultural relics is its vast biodiversity and delicate ecosystem. The Philippines boasts hundreds of animal species unseen anywhere else in the world thanks to the relative isolation of faraway islands even within the country itself. The high rate of endemism – meaning specifically found only in that area – is growing even now, and the country also has one of the world’s leading rates of species discovery, with 16 new species named in the last 10 years alone.
Add to that the Philippines’ inclusion in the list of the world’s 17 mega-biodiverse countries, and you have a country that is paradise for the lover of nature. The vast number of fascinating and strange animals is staggering, their colors hypnotizing, and their appearances surreal. The country stands on its own alongside the Galapagos Islands and Brazil as a top-tiered destination for nature tourism, and for good reason.