The malayan tiger is in danger
The Malayan Tiger has been placed under the "critically endangered" category by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN said it has evidence that the number of mature tigers is "likely less than 250," declining by 25% in one generation (seven years).
It said the tigers were categorised in the "red list" as there were no pockets of forest in Malaysia with an estimated population of 50 or more mature tigers. IUCN’s list is considered the world’s most comprehensive source of information on wild animals and plants and the level of threat they face. “This acknowledgement of our research is sadly, a tacit recognition that our tigers face a bleak future,” Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) general manager Dr Kae Kawanishi said in a statement. Kawanishi said the two biggest causes for the decline in the tiger population were poaching and loss of habitat.
The tigers were hunted for their bones which are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Tiger teeth, claws, skin and meat also fetch high prices on the illegal market. A study by Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (Traffic) revealed that parts equivalent to at least 94 tigers were recovered from 33 seizures from 2000 to 2013 in Malaysia. The Malayan Tiger was recognised as a new sub-species in 2004. The Malayan Tiger now joins other critically-endangered animals such as the Namdapha flying squirrel and the Asiatic cheetah.
The remaining tiger population is estimated to be only 5,000-7,000 with three of the traditional eight subspecies - the Javan, Bali and Caspian tigers - becoming extinct in the mid to late 20th century. Kawanishi called on Malaysians to voice their concerns and show their support for their wild tigers.
Tiger cub among menagerie of animals seized in Malaysia enforcement operations
In a string of five raids, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) seized 32 wild animals including a Tiger cub and arrested 5 people including one buyer. Authorities also seized, amongst others, a Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis, a Black Pond Turtle Geoclemys hamiltonii, a Binturong Arctictis binturong and a Salmon-crested Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis. Over 30 PERHILITAN officers were involved in the simultaneous raids in the States of Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan. Three of the raids took place at a private residence while the other two took place at pet shops. All the individuals arrested were reported to have a connection through Facebook pages, where many of these wildlife were advertised for sale. “This has been a good year for PERHILITAN’s law enforcement team. We hope that this streak carries on and more wildlife criminals can be put behind bars,” said Kanitha Krishnasamy, Senior Programme Manager for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia.
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Malayan tigers are classified as ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is estimated that there are less than 350 in existence. The species is protected under the Protection of Wildlife Act 2010, which carries a maximum five-year jail term and a RM500,000 fine on offenders. Meanwhile, Kanitha Krishnasamy of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia (TRAFFIC), an international wildlife trade monitoring network, said poaching and illegal trade pose an urgent threat that does maximum damage in a short time. The tiger population, she said, has dwindled in many parts of their former habitat due to illegal hunting, mainly for their skin, bones and other body parts. “It’s a worrying concern because we don’t have as many tigers as we thought we had. “Malayan tigers are critically endangered, which means we’re one step away from it being extinct in the wild,” warned Kanitha. The poachers need to be brought to justice and landowners of tiger habitat, be it states, corporations or individuals, to bear responsibility to save wild tigers.
Is Malaysia the easiest place in the world for tiger poaching?
Five raids in five days, with 12 suspects nabbed and the skins, bones, teeth and claws of tigers seized, is a tremendous effort which the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) applauds. As empowering as this enforcement success is, the discovery of so many tiger parts in four of the five premises raided in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor paints a very troubling picture. It tells us that poachers are still plundering the jungles to feed the illegal trade. Traffickers are buying and selling parts of protected animals with little fear of the law and there is still a sizeable demand for Malaysia’s last 300 critically endangered wild tigers. Read more