PHILIPPINE MAMMALS

Mammals of the Philippines compiled by Crizalde Umali

Introduction:

    When the first man later to be known as Filipinos arrived on this archipelagic tropical country, he must be amazed and realize at once that he shares  this paradise with a great number of other living things. On a country walk he immediately aware of the rich pageant of life of which  now he forms a part. In then virgin tropical eden he moves in a splendid world of trees , foliage and kaleidescope of multi-colored flowers. He hears the melodious songs of birds, sees teeming life in every thickets of plants and beneath the surface of every ponds and streams. In all that grand design of nature he immediately realized that no area of the world is more richly endowed with forms of  life than then forest of the Philippines. Part of this vast number of life  are rich numbers of mammals majority of which are endemic to the Philippines. It is safe to generalized  that most islands in the Philippines with an area of at least one hectare and covered with sufficient vegetation, preferably of mixed trees, shrubs, bushes and grasses, are inhabited by some species of mammals.Even tiny islets, hardly one-half hectare in area, with trees growing on them, usually possess some mammal population in it. Large fruit bats or flying foxes for example, uses trees as their regular daytime roosts, although they feed regularly in the nearby larger islands, in some cases, they even make their nests on the branches of the trees where the  bats roosts.The mammalian fauna of the Philippines can be characterized as predominantly land forms and belonging mainly to the category of small land species.Of not less than 233 species and sub-species of Philippine mammals , about 99% are land mammals and the rest are definitely aquatic and marine. Some of this wonderful Philippine mammals common and rare are discussed and presented on this website for us to broadened our knowledge about their life and general habits for us to save them for the next generation .

 

 

 

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