PLIGHT OF THE TIGER
There are only 3,000 tigers left roaming the planet, a drastic decline from 100,000 tigers just a century ago.
Globally, the tiger has lost 93% of its habitat. There were nine tiger sub-species worldwide, but in the last 70 years, three have gone extinct - the Balinese, Caspian and Javan.
The Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, found only in the Malay Peninsula, was recognised in 2004 as the ninth sub-species. Today, only 300 Malayan tigers are believed to remain in the wild, but no one knows for certain.
Threats to the survival of wild tigers are mounting. A world without wild tigers may become a reality in our lifetime unless drastic measures are taken.
The time to save them is now or never. The Malayan tiger needs sustained awareness and support from concerned citizens in Malaysia and around the world.
More people must join the fight to save our tigers. It may not take much to push them closer to extinction, but we must act urgently if we are to save our national icon of strength, beauty and courage.
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