Asia

WCS works in dozens of wild places across our planet’s largest continent, with scientific bases in landscapes and seascapes from western India’s rainforest-covered mountains to Mongolia’s windswept steppe to the coral-studded waters of Fiji. Through our landscape approach, we focus on some of the most ecologically intact wild places remaining on Earth, at sites that are biologically outstanding, and which offer the best chance for viable, long-term conservation of wildlife.

Naturalist William Beebe led the society’s earliest scientific explorations in Asia, surveying pheasants in 1909. WCS has since established a long list of Asian protected areas and pioneered hundreds of studies on native wildlife, including pandas in China, tigers in Thailand, and monkeys in Malaysia. Today, Asia’s remaining intact wild places provide exceptional and important opportunities for conservation. By working with governments and communities to bolster environmental policy, train new generations of environmental stewards, support sustainable livelihoods, and connect protected areas, WCS seeks to protect the continent’s wild places in perpetuity.

Batang Ai

Batang Ai-Lanjak Entimau, Malaysia

This rugged region of Sarawak harbors endangered Bornean orangutans, bearded pigs, barking deer, and clouded leopards.

Maleos in Bogani Nani Wartabone, Indonesia

Bogani Nani Wartabone, Indonesia

This landscape, located on Indonesia’s Sulawesi, is home to babirusa, maleo, and other endangered wildlife.

Bukit Barisan Selatan, Indonesia

Barisan Mountains, Southern Sumatra

One of the last strongholds of elephants, tigers, and rhinoceros, these forests form part of the Sumatra World Heritage Site.

Tibetan Antelope

Chang Tang, China

Covering a big part of the Tibetan plateau, this region includes the Chang Tang Nature Reserve, Earth's second largest protected area.

Mongolian Gazelle

Eastern Steppe, Mongolia

The world's largest expanse of unspoiled grasslands, this steppe hosts the annual migration of about a million Mongolian gazelles.

Malayan Tiger

Endau-Rompin Landscape, Malaysia

Home to the Malayan tiger and the Asian elephant, this lowland rainforest is one of only a few remaining in Peninsular Malaysia.

Gunung Leuser, Indonesia

Gunung Leuser, Indonesia

The largest continuous forest block in Sumatra, this ecosystem contains the island’s most important tiger and rhino populations.

Nam Et Phou Louey, Lao PDR

Nam Et Phou Louey, Lao PDR

This landscape is an important site for the conservation of tigers, leopards, and their prey in Southeast Asia.

Northern Annamites, Lao PDR

Northern Annamites, Lao PDR

Five new mammals have been discovered in these rugged mountains, located on the border between Lao PDR and Vietnam.

Hukaung Vista

Northern Forest Complex, Myanmar

Tigers, bears, red pandas, and hornbills are just some of the wildlife that inhabits this 12,000-square-mile wilderness.

Northern Plains

Northern Plains, Cambodia

Some of the rarest waterbirds inhabit this remote region, once virtually inaccessible, but now criss-crossed by roads.

Pamir Mountains, Afghanistan

Pamir Mountains, Central Asia

Often called the “roof of the world,” Central Asia’s Pamir Mountains boast some of Earth's highest peaks.

Tiger

Sikhote-Alin Forest, Russia

The rare Siberian tiger breeds in these forests, nestled in the Russian Far East. Bears and Eurasian lynx also roam here.

Asian Elephant

Southern Mondulkiri, Cambodia

These forests support tigers, Asian elephants, and countless bird species. Illegal hunting and logging pose serious threats.

Tiger in Thailand

Tenasserims, Thailand

The 7,000 square miles of deciduous forest is prime tiger habitat, with the potential to support more than 1,000 of the big cats.

Cranes

Tonle Sap, Cambodia

The largest lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap supports huge colonies of waterbirds—storks, ibises, pelicans—and a million people.

Tigers

Western Ghats, India

The Malenad-Mysore Tiger Landscape of the Western Ghats mountains is home to one of the world’s largest tiger populations.

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