Nepal is along the same latitude as the state of Florida and it presents both tropical and subtropical climates. There can be quite a difference for climate in different parts because of the varying altitudes. Rainfall also varies from region to region, with warmer parts being toward the Bay of Bengali and cooler areas toward the Himalayan Mountain range. Different phases of monsoon seasons (four in all) bring rainfall and provide freshwater for people, animals and the verdant jungles and vegetation in Nepal. Animals live in a veritable collage of landscape'ranging from jungles, mountains, plains, and aquatic.
Since Nepal is a beautiful, tropical destination, it is no wonder that we find all sorts of jungle animals living in it. There are tigers, bears, leopards, monkeys, deer and of course, birds. As many as eight hundred species of birds call Nepal home. Of them, the daphne is their national bird. The daphne, an exotic pheasant, is known for its glamorous colors when it spreads its wings. Other native birds include the spiny babbler
and the Nepal kalij.
There are many varieties of fish, one of which is only found in Nepal (the pharping catfish
). Also its fresh waters is the Nepalese snow trout
and bagrid catfish. For those interested in indigenous reptiles, Nepal has several native lizards (such as the naked toe gecko) and various vipers (like the Shah's bamboo pit viper). Of the different mammals in Nepal, one may find the Csorba mouse-eared bat and the Nepalese field mouse.
Out of all the lovely and diverse species of animals, the lowly cow is adored and worshiped. If cows and bovine worship is not of particular interest to the naturalist , then perhaps the Bengal tiger may be. It is the most endangered species and yet eighty percent of the world's Bengal tigers live right in Nepal.