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Southeast Asia's Weirdest Wildlife Finds

Strange Animal and Plant Life in Southeast Asia's Tropics

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The intense variety of wildlife native to Southeast Asia can be mind-boggling; the tropical rain forests and warm oceans give rise to some pretty compelling plant and animal finds.

Environmental groups in Southeast Asia are wary that some species may be vanishing before our eyes - orangutan, elephants, tarsiers, and proboscis monkeys are finding their numbers quickly depleting before the onslaught of human encroachment. On the other hand, tourism may help raise awareness for their plight, and help bring their numbers back from the brink.

Check out the images below to discover more about the strangest plants and animals you can find in Southeast Asia - if you can arrange a close encounter with the species listed below, you might just help save them from extinction.

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Image of Orangutan © Getty ImagesOrangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)Image of Komodo Dragon © Getty ImagesKomodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) Image of Rafflesia and Gunung Gading National Park © Tourism MalaysiaRafflesia Flower (Genus: Rafflesia)Image of Proboscis Monkey © Getty ImagesProboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus)
Image of Asian Elephant © Getty ImagesAsian Elephant (Elephas maximus)Image of Whale Shark © Getty ImagesWhale Shark (Rhincodon typus) Image of Cassowary © Mike Aquino, licensed to About.com.Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus)Image of Tarsier © Getty Images.Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta)
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