In the 1950s, there were an estimated 3,000 Malayan tigers in Malaysia. Today, its numbers have seen a drastic drop to less than 200 individuals. The Malayan tiger is currently listed as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List, meaning it faces an extremely high risk of extinction. It is a Totally Protected Species under Peninsular Malaysia’s Wildlife Conservation Act 2010. Some of the key threats to the Malayan tiger are:
POACHING AND ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE
habitat loss due to deforestation and fragmentation
Overhunting of Tigers’ main prey
Poaching still remains the most urgent threat to our tigers. Hence, intensive patrolling to protect the area from poachers is needed to curb this problem. Recognizing the critical need to apply anti-poaching interventions, WWF-Malaysia formed its own patrolling unit in 2008 to reduce the poaching of threatened large mammals in Belum-Temengor.
This patrolling unit has now grown to 13 teams, each with five members. This has enabled more ground to be patrolled, and subsequently more threats being uncovered. Apart from removing poaching threats, WWF-Malaysia also monitors poaching hotspots and channels relevant information to enforcement agencies.
Your support helps in achieving sustainable goals needed to conserve a world where our most precious species and land are protected for future generations. It can help our team members in Belum-Temengor by:
- Supporting wages for field assistants to conduct patrolling and camera-trapping
- Providing rations and consumables for patrolling work
- Purchasing camping equipment to carry out field surveys
- Covering logistics and transportation costs
- Supporting critical awareness and communications initiatives conducted with the community and civil society
This has enabled more ground to be patrolled, and subsequently more threats being uncovered.