PLIGHT OF THE TIGER
There is no doubt that worldwide tigers are in peril. There are only an estimated 3,000 tigers left roaming the planet, a drastic decline from 100,000 just a century ago. Out of a total of nine sub-species worldwide, three have gone extinct in the last 70 years - the Balinese, Caspian and Javan tigers.
The Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, found only in the Malay Peninsula, was recognised in 2004 as the ninth sub-species. By international standards, the tiger in Malaysia is ‘critically endangered, with a decrease from an estimated 3,000 in the 1950’s to only about 300 at present. No one knows the exact number still left in the wild and conservationists fear these numbers could be even lower.
Threats to the survival of wild tigers are mounting. Globally, the tiger has lost 93% of its habitat and it is targeted by poachers. A world without wild tigers may become a reality in our lifetime unless drastic measures are taken.
The time to save them is now.
The Malayan tiger needs sustained awareness and support from concerned citizens in Malaysia and around the world. We need more people to join the fight to save our tigers. It may not take much to push them closer to extinction so we must act urgently if we are to save this magnificent creature - a national icon of strength, beauty and courage.
Are you concerned about the plight of the Malayan Tiger?
Do you want to participate and take an active role in wildlife conservation in Malaysia?
Volunteering with MYCAT is a great way get involved and to make a real difference to the world we live in. With your help we can work together to ensure that tiger populations are safeguarded for future generations.
Contributions from volunteers have greatly enhanced MYCAT’s conservation efforts. Through our programmes, we train volunteers to engage and empower many more Malaysians towards a better future for wildlife and people.