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Malayan tiger teeters on ‘brink of extinction’ as spate of deaths sparks alarm

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Malayan tiger teeters on ‘brink of extinction’ as spate of deaths sparks alarm
(July 14, 2024) A recent spate of alarming deaths has heightened fears for the Malayan tiger, wildlife authorities and conservationists say, with some calling the threat to Malaysia’s emblematic animal a “national emergency.”Native to the jungles of peninsular Malaysia, the majestic feline subspecies is critically endangered, with fewer than 150 believed to be left in the wild due to habitat loss, illegal poaching and a decline in prey.Found on Malaysia’s coat of arms and considered a national heritage symbol, ...

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Why are so many of Malaysia’s endangered tigers suddenly dying?

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Why are so many of Malaysia’s endangered tigers suddenly dying?
(July 11, 2024) IPOH, July 10 — The roadkill death of a Malayan tiger last week was the fourth involving the endangered species in nine months, raising concerns over the conservation of the animals on the brink of extinction.The Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) said that the country could entirely lose the species, which could now number fewer than 150, within a decade without drastic measures to mitigate their loss of habitat to development.“Tigers need a huge space to roam. When their habitat is encroached, it w...

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Saving wildlife: what road planning needs beyond viaducts

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Saving wildlife: what road planning needs beyond viaducts
(July 06, 2024) KUALA LUMPUR – Installing wildlife crossings is not the only solution to reducing wildlife-related roadkill, environmentalists say.Speaking to Scoop recently, Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Programme country director Mark Rayan Darmaraj expressed the necessity of conducting a thorough survey on wildlife zones and the need to construct suitable wildlife crossings before implementing such measures.“First and foremost, in relation to new roads being built, the best thing we can do is to mak...

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Vigilance needed to save our tigers

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Vigilance needed to save our tigers
(July 02, 2024) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) would like to congratulate the authorities on the recent arrest of six suspects in Pahang linked to the wildlife trade.One of the suspects was found with the skull and bones of a tiger, which is a totally protected species under the Wildlife Conservation (Amendment) Act 2022.

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Poser over tiger found dead in river

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Poser over tiger found dead in river
(June 30, 2024) PETALING JAYA: The Malayan tiger found floating in a river in Kuala Krai, Kelantan is unlikely to have died from drowning, say conservationists.While still awaiting the results of the post-mortem, experts say the Malayan tiger is known for its exceptional swimming abilities, making it unlikely for a healthy individual to succumb to drowning.Dr Mark Rayan Darmaraj, country director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Programme, noted that while the tiger appeared healthy externally, int...

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Serangan harimau di Royal Belum, kes ke-7 sejak 3 tahun

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Serangan harimau di Royal Belum, kes ke-7 sejak 3 tahun
(April 06, 2024) KUALA LUMPUR: Kejadian serangan harimau belang yang menyebabkan seorang lelaki cedera di Taman Negeri Royal Belum, Perak, kelmarin, adalah kes ketujuh dilaporkan dalam tempoh kurang tiga tahun.Peningkatan kes serangan harimau belang terhadap manusia hingga mengakibatkan kematian terutama di Kelantan dan Perak diberi perhatian serius Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar dan Taman Negara (Perhilitan) Semenanjung Malaysia.

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Emerging patterns of genetic diversity in the critically endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni)

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Emerging patterns of genetic diversity in the critically endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni)
(March 11, 2024) Southeast Asia experiences some of the highest deforestation in the world. Loss of tropical forest typically leads to widespread habitat fragmentation, with detrimental effects on dispersal ability and gene flow—particularly for large carnivores. We conducted mtDNA and microsatellite analysis to assess—for the first time—contemporary patterns of genetic diversity in the Malayan tiger. We collected 295 suspected carnivore samples in Peninsular Malaysia, from which we identified 26 as originating ...

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Q&A: How to halt further biodiversity loss in Malaysia

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Q&A: How to halt further biodiversity loss in Malaysia
(February 19, 2024) Several scientific reports in recent years have highlighted how the world is facing a biodiversity crisis. One million species are threatened with extinction, soils are becoming infertile and water sources are drying up, as described by the United Nations Environment Programme.In December 2022, the Global Biodiversity Framework was signed in Montreal as the first step towards halting biodiversity loss. This was again highlighted in the concluding statement of COP28 last November, which underline...

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Protecting Malaysia's biodiversity legacy

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Protecting Malaysia's biodiversity legacy
(January 16, 2024) The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) launched a Biodiversity Protection and Patrolling Program (BP3) in 2020, and Veteran-Orang Asli Program (VetOA) is one such patrolling squad manned by experienced army veterans, police cops and the aborigines, to hunt down poachers and monitor the activities of wild animals in the forests to make sure they have a safe habitat.At the same time, PERHILITAN has also invited the involvement of non-governmental organisatio...

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Malaysia trapping tigers after three people killed

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Malaysia trapping tigers after three people killed
(December 07, 2023) KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has started trapping and relocating tigers after three people were killed by the critically endangered creatures in the past two months, officials said on Dec 7. Eleven cage traps and 20 cameras have been installed in recent weeks in the forested area of Gua Musang district in the north-eastern state of Kelantan, where the deadly attacks happened. There have been five attacks resulting in four deaths in Gua Musang since 2021, Mr Mohamad Hafid Rohani, director ...

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