Animals living in the Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level habitat

Mangroves are thickets of trees and shrubs found in coastal areas of the tropics and subtropics. These plants, adapted to the salty conditions of their environment, house numerous tropical animals above the watery reaches of the high tide level. One can come across a tiger stalking its prey through the trees. Several species of otters wade through the water, and dolphins can be seen frolicking between the waves. Aye ayes climb trees, fishing cats dash through the forest, and at night fruit bats glide about in search of their next meal.
Perhaps what makes mangroves so unique is simply the diversity that they foster. Numerous tropical species of animals inhabit mangroves, including several endangered species, such as the bald eagle and the hawksbill turtle. However, these species face the challenges of living primarily above the high tide level. They might venture closer to the sea when the tide is low, but generally make their homes on higher ground to protect themselves from the water. These animals utilize the dense mangrove vegetation to create their shelter: some might take protection under a sturdy bush, while others live their lives swinging through the trees.
Tropical and Subtropical Mangroves are the perfect place to observe a sweeping, diverse habitat, filled with tropical animals that are truly astounding. One does not have to journey into a rain forest to find an abundance of jungle animals; rather, one can find them quite close to the shore, just out of reach of the sea's salty waves.


Fishing cat
Cozumel island raccoon
Guadeloupe raccoon
African golden cat
Giant brazilian otter
African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
Crab-eating raccoon
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter

Dolphins, porpoises, and whales

Irrawaddy dolphin
Chinese white dolphin
Atlantic hump-backed dolphin


Bate's slit-faced bat
Pemba flying fox
Andaman horseshoe bat
Seychelles sheath-tailed bat
Franquet's epauletted fruit bat
Hammer-headed fruit bat
Moloney's flat-headed bat
Veldkamp's bat


Long-nosed monkey
Collared mangabey
Crab-eating macaque
Rhesus macaque


African elephant


Palm rat
Cabrera's hutia
Eared hutia

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