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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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Populasi babi hutan makin berkurang punca pak belang mengganas

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Populasi babi hutan makin berkurang punca pak belang mengganas
(December 04, 2023) PENURUNAN populasi babi hutan menjadi antara faktor harimau semakin mengganas hingga berani menyerang manusia dan haiwan ternakan di sesebuah kawasan. Pengarah Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia, Dr Mark Rayan Darmaraj berkata, pengurangan populasi salah satu mangsa utama harimau itu adalah disebabkan kemunculan penyakit demam babi Afrika atau African Swine Fever (ASF). Menurutnya, wabak itu melanda spesies babi, tak kira liar atau domestik dan mempunyai kadar kematian tingg...

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More private capital needed for nature conservation, say panellists

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More private capital needed for nature conservation, say panellists
(October 25, 2023) KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 25): The adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework in December 2022 made clear that nature conservation demanded capital investments beyond the typical philanthropy by the private sector. This was the heart of the discussion at the panel titled “Conservation reinvented: Modern era conservation strategies” at the JC3 Journey to Zero Conference 2023, held at Sasana Kijang in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.  The biennial JC3 Conference, organised by...

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Science Matters: Best practices for preserving nature

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Science Matters: Best practices for preserving nature
(September 27, 2023) WCS Malaysia's main activities revolve around helping the Malaysian government in conducting biological monitoring and supporting protection efforts of wildlife such as tiger, elephant, orang-utan as well as sharks and rays. Wildlife conservationist Dr. Mark Rayan Darmaraj assumed the role of Country Director for WCS-Malaysia back in 2021, and continues to work on implementing conservation strategies that protect habitats and species. We catch up with Mark to discuss WCS-Malaysia's work ...

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Mining spectre still hangs over conservation of Malayan tiger

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Mining spectre still hangs over conservation of Malayan tiger
(September 17, 2023) KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to strengthen measures to protect the Malayan tiger, as stated in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) mid-term review on Sept 11, is good news, but worries over proposals for mining in protected areas remain, says the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS Malaysia programme country director Mark Rayan Darmaraj pointed to the National Minerals Policy, which acts as a guide for mining activities in permanent forest reserves and environmentally sensitive areas. He said...

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Making sure the Malayan tiger keeps burning bright

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Making sure the Malayan tiger keeps burning bright
(August 12, 2023) WHILE the Malayan tiger population in some areas such as Endau-Rompin in Johor is showing signs of stabilising after dipping in previous years, their overall numbers in the wild continue to hang in the balance. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Programme country director Dr Mark Rayan Darmaraj says it is hard to determine how the animal is faring at the national level without having assessed the latest figures from all sites where the species is found. 

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Increase prey species for tigers in the wild, group urges

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Increase prey species for tigers in the wild, group urges
(August 06, 2023) PETALING JAYA: A conservation group is urging wildlife authorities to focus on increasing prey species for the tigers in the wild, especially in the Endau Rompin region which has seen an escalation of cattle predation by tigers. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Programme country director Dr Mark Rayan Darmaraj said there was a fear that the African swine fever (ASF) had continued to decimate the population of wild pigs and could even cause a localised extinction of the animals. ...

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