Tiger conservation efforts to get tech boost

The Peninsula Wildlife and National Parks Department in Malaysia is adopting better technological and scientific approaches in its animal conservation efforts particularly in protecting the Malayan Tiger. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Jaafar said among initiatives being put in place included improving connectivity of camera visuals to the mobile phones of its officers and roping in animal forensic experts in handling criminal cases. The department is also in the midst of carrying out a survey on the tigers, to establish its exact number in the country. This effort is expected to be completed in three years. Statistics put the number at 300 (in the Peninsula) but the ministry is confident there could be more in unexplored areas.

Malaysia is seeking expertise for tiger conservation, but it might be too late

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Malaysia will seek India's expertise in tiger conservation as it looks to increase the population of the endangered Malayan Tiger. India is known for its tiger conservation, expertise and forensics. In exchange of the expertise, Malaysia wants to teach India about tapir conservation.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the population of wild tigers in India has increased to 2,226 in 2014 from 1,706 in 2010 and 1,411 in 2006 – thanks to its national tiger conservation efforts. In Malaysia there are only between 240 and 300 tigers living in the wild.

With the exchange of knowledge, Malaysia wants to improve the conservation of their wildlife, especially the endangered animals. Besides poaching and illegal wildlife trading, the use of animal snares by the indigenous Orang Asli is a factor in the dwindling population of tigers. Apart from expertise on conversation, educating of indigenous people is therefore also necessary. Hopefully Malaysia will realize the urgency of this. Last month six tigers were killed in the wild, including two cubs.

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