November 28, 2016
The Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni
In the 1950’s there were around 3,000 tigers
In 2008 there were estimated to be 500 tigers
In 2014, that number dropped to 250 – 300
How many remain in 2016?
The Malayan tiger population is under serious threat in Malaysia, and it is listed as Critically Endangered under IUCN.
Poaching along with forest fragmentation and habitat loss are major factors in this drastic population decline.
The world over, there are estimated to be only 3,000 – 4,000 wild tigers, with half of them found in India. In fact, there are less tigers in the wild than there are in zoos in the U.S.
While Malaysia and other tiger countries around the world are trying to increase the tiger population – with a world wide aim of 6,000 wild tigers by 2020, with the threat of poaching and forest loss so strong, it is unlikely the tiger populations will even be able to maintain their current numbers, let along increase.
Tigers cannot speak for themselves. They cannot ask for help, for better protection from the government. We have to do that for them.
You can help protect the Malayan tiger and other threatened species.
• Don’t buy products or medicines made from wild animals
• Reduce your consumption habits
• Speak up for the protection of forests and wildlife
If you seen any one selling wild animals or parts of wild animals, please call the Department of Wildlife and National Park (DWNP) immediately at 1-800-88-5151 or 03-9086 6800 (office hours). Please write letters to the government and articles to the newspapers to express your concern over the illegal trade in wildlife.
Every little bit you do makes a big difference!
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