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Animals in Laos
Laos is a beautiful landlocked country located in Southeast Asia. It is filled with mountainous terrain and tropical rain forest, though illegal logging as well as legitimate development of land has greatly reduced the forest density in recent years. Rivers also play an important role in the Laotian ecosystem. This environment has produced a wide diversity of wildlife.

Some species found only in Laos include the Laotian rock rat, a rodent that resembles a dark colored rat with a bushy tail similar to a squirrel and Paulina's Limestone Rat, which can be found around the entrances to limestone caves. The Annamite roundleaf bat as well as the Khaokhouay roundleaf bat, both microbats with very limited habitats, are also found exclusively in Laos. Roosevelt's muntjac, sometimes called Roosevelt's barking deer, can only be found with certainty in Laos, but it is possible the animal's range may extend into Vietnam as well.

Of course, there are also many animals found in Laos that are also found in other areas. Asian giant softshell turtles, reticulated pythons, Corbett's tigers, Javan rhinoceroses and pot-bellied pigs all live in the wild in Laos. Asian elephants have been domesticated in Laos and used for foresting but also exist in the wild. Saltwater crocodiles once inhabited most of the Mekong River but are now considered to be extinct in Laos and all other parts of Southeast Asia with the possible exception of Myanmar.

With its lush rain forests and isolated mountainous regions, new species are occasionally discovered in Laos. For instance, in 2005 the bare-faced bulbul, a rare small bird, was discovered there. Evidence of the saola, also known as the Vu Quang ox or Asian unicorn, has been found in Laos as far back as 1992, but no live specimen has ever been documented.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Laos.
Even-toed ungulates in Laos
Banteng
Grey ox
Gaur
Wild boar
Brow-antlered deer
Chinese goral
Kanchil
Sambar
Indian muntjac
Indo-chinese warty pig
Chinese forest musk deer
Fea's muntjac
Carnivores in Laos
Back-striped weasel
Small-toothed palm civet
Gem-faced civet
Asian palm civet
Spotted linsang
Large-spotted civet
Large indian civet
Small indian civet
Asiatic golden cat
Clouded leopard
Common otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Owston's banded palm civet
Asiatic wild dog
Leopard
Tiger
Marbled cat
Leopard cat
Jungle cat
Fishing cat
Crab-eating mongoose
Hog badger
Malayan sun bear
Chinese ferret-badger
Lesser panda
Burmese ferret-badger
Asiatic black bear
Yellow-throated marten
Yellow-bellied weasel
Siberian weasel
Bearcat
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Laos
Irrawaddy dolphin
Bats in Laos
Acuminate horseshoe bat
Whiskered bat
Bornean horseshoe bat
Hairy-faced bat
Croslet horseshoe bat
Burmese whiskered bat
Woolly horseshoe bat
Whiskered myotis
Big-eared horseshoe bat
Rickett's big-footed bat
Great evening bat
Malayan horseshoe bat
Thick-thumbed myotis
Hardwicke's woolly bat
Marshall's horseshoe bat
Himalayan whiskered bat
Bourret's horseshoe bat
Wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat
Least horseshoe bat
Shamel's horseshoe bat
Lesser brown horseshoe bat
Thomas's horseshoe bat
Greater long-tongued fruit bat
Lesser dog-faced fruit bat
Greater short-nosed fruit bat
Geoffroy's rousette
Leschenault's rousette
Harlequin bat
Lesser false vampire bat
Least pipistrelle
Disk-footed bat
Western bent-winged bat
Black-bearded tomb bat
Small bent-winged bat
Blanford's bat
Greater bamboo bat
Little tube-nosed bat
Great roundleaf bat
Stoliczka's trident bat
Round-eared tube-nosed bat
Ashy roundleaf bat
Hutton's tube-nosed bat
Fulvus roundleaf bat
Scully's tube-nosed bat
Intermediat roundleaf bat
Shield-faced roundleaf bat
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Laos
Burmese hare
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Laos
Javan rhinoceros
Sumatran rhinoceros
Pangolins in Laos
Malayan pangolin
Chinese pangolin
Primates in Laos
Common gibbon
Capped gibbon
Bear macaque
Slow loris
Assam macaque
Lesser slow loris
Rhesus macaque
Fran├žois's langur
Dusky leaf monkey
Douc langur
Elephants in Laos
Asian elephant
Rodents in Laos
Fawn-colored mouse
Bower's white-toothed rat
Particolored flying squirrel
Indochinese flying squirrel
Finlayson's squirrel
Malayan porcupine
Inornate squirrel
Edwards's long-tailed giant rat
Long-tailed giant rat
Fea's tree rat
Chestnut white-bellied rat
Pencil-tailed tree mouse
Lang bian white-bellied rat
Hoary bamboo rat
Large bamboo rat
Millard's rat
Mo's spiny rat
Spotted giant flying squirrel
Red spiny rat
Asian red-cheeked squirrel
Himalayan striped squirrel
Indochinese ground squirrel
Maritime striped squirrel
Cambodian striped squirrel
Delacour's marmoset rat
Polynesian rat
Lesser rice-field rat
Himalayan field rat
Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine
Asiatic long-tailed climbing mouse
Sikkim rat
Greater bandicoot rat
Tanezumi rat
Cook's mouse
Hairy-footed flying squirrel
Black giant squirrel
Gairdner's shrewmouse
Ryukyu mouse
Small white-toothed rat
Tree shrews in Laos
Northern tree shrew
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