Malayan tiger now critically endangered, says WWF

The Malayan tiger was declared a new sub-species a decade ago but now faces critically low numbers. — AFP pic
The Malayan tiger was declared a new sub-species a decade ago but now faces critically low numbers. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — It’s official: the Malayan Tiger is now on the Critically Endangered list.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the tiger is now part of a category of animals facing the highest risk of going extinct. This means that the mature animals of the species number less than 250, with a decline of more than 25 per cent in one generation (seven years).

Apart from that, the second criteria has also been met where no pockets of forest in the country has 50 or more mature tigers.

Recent studies between 2010 and 2013 have suggested that there might only be between 250-340 wild tigers still remaining. The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) have called for more action.

Malaysians are urged to report wildlife crime to the Wildlife Crime Hotline (019-3564194) to report the sale of exotic meats and trafficking of animals such as the tiger.

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