Meet the Animals of Asia


One of the best parts of expedition, without a doubt, is getting to know the locals and the people of Asia are some of the friendliest you’ll meet. However, the animals of Asia each have their own personalities and stories to share too! World Challengers heading to this part of the world can look forward to meeting locals of all different shapes, sizes and species.


Found on expedition in: Borneo

In Malay, the word ‘orang-utan’ translates to ‘person of the forest’. Unfortunately, the habitat of these cheeky creatures is slowly being degraded. In Borneo, there are a number of organisations which have been set up to care for injured and orphaned orang-utans, while educating the public on conservation. Challengers heading to Borneo have the possibility of visiting one of these sanctuaries on expedition where they can watch the apes swing from the trees and feed on fruit in their natural habitat. The orang-utans are shy and gentle, but you might come across the odd mischief-maker trying to snatch your hat!

Read more about our Borneo expeditions here.


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Found on expedition in: Borneo

Those off to Borneo are in for another treat from the animal kingdom, as it is home to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), the only one of its kind in the world. The Sun Bear gets its name from the horse-shoe shaped marking across its chest, said to represent the rising or setting sun. The bears are the second most rare bear species in the world, behind the Giant Panda, and they too are having their habitats degraded. On a visit to the BSBCC, you’ll get a chance to meet the centre’s 36 bears, rescued as orphans in the wild or from human captivity.

Read more about our Borneo expeditions here.



Found on expedition in: India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

When you think Asia, you undoubtedly think of these gentle giants. Elephants are hugely popular among tourists in all parts of Asia, so much so that there are now being questions asked about the treatment and captive conditions of the intelligent creatures. There are a number of ways you can get up close (but not too close!) and personal with Asia’s famous elephants while keeping their welfare at top of mind. Challengers have the  amongst the hills of northern Thailand at a rescue centre where elephants are free to roam without a care in the world.

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Founds on expedition in: China

There is not a person in the world who doesn’t love these black and white fur-balls. Count yourself lucky if you find yourself with some spare R&R time in Chengdu, China, as this is the home of the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. According to the Research Base, there are less than 2,000 Giant Pandas left in the world, and can only be found in small provinces in central China. In an effort to keep these little guys around, the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base works tirelessly on panda conservation in the hope to one day re-populate the bears’ native habitats. This is a once in a lifetime visit!

Read more about our China expeditions here.


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Found on expedition in: Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

While captivated by the South East Asian jungle, it can be easy to forget about our friends under the sea. The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia not only look like a postcard, they are home to Bubbles Dive Resort, a good friend of team South East Asia here at World Challenge and also one of our fantastic community engagement sites. Teams choosing to undertake their community engagement phase at Bubbles will have the opportunity to help the resort protect sea turtles, including observing the turtles and their eggs on the beach and keeping an eye out for poachers.

A number of South East Asian destinations also offer fabulous snorkelling opportunities, as expected considering the area boasts some of the world’s most stunning islands. Take a dip and see what lies below the surface on idyllic Koh Chang in Thailand, in famed snorkel spot Nha Trang in Vietnam or off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Borneo.

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From the jungle, to the beach, to the highlands – Asia is full of culture and opportunities to learn, and this includes so many exciting opportunities to be amongst our friends in the animal kingdom!