What Are Some Animals Native to Asia?

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Some animals native to Asia include the Siberian tiger, Arabian camel, Asian elephant and giant panda. The dugong, pufferfish, Japan finner whale and harbor seal are all native to the waters of coastal Asia.

The Arabian camel, also known as the dromedary, boasts a single hump and lives exclusively in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa. The Bactrian camel has two humps and lives not only in specific deserts, but the steppes or grasslands of Asia as well. The Asian or Indian elephant, an endangered species, ranges throughout Southeastern Asia from Indian south to Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Both the red panda and the giant panda are native to Asia. The giant panda, an endangered species, lives exclusively in the bamboo forests of China and feeds on bamboo plants. The red panda lives in Asia's mountainous regions, and although its facial markings resemble those of the giant panda, its closest relative is the raccoon.

Siberian tigers, Bengal tigers and white Bengal tigers range from northern Russia south to India, Bangladesh and Burma. The Siberian tiger grows to the largest size of all cats at 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 feet long, weighing in from 370 to 660 pounds. It is native to Siberia, Russia, Korea and northern China. The Bengal tiger lives in Southeastern Asia. The white Bengal tiger, rarely seen in the wild, has a white coat.