PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – Malaysia may lose its tigers in their natural habitats within the next five to 10 years if no extraordinary measures are taken now to prevent this, said Energy and Natural Resources Minister Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
He said the Malayan tiger’s population was at 250 and 340 only in the Malaysian peninsula’s tropical rain forests in 2014 compared to about 3,000 in the 1950’s.
The minister said this when officiating at a webinar held in conjunction with the World Tiger Day 2021 celebration themed, ‘Malayan Tigers: Their Survival, Our Shared Responsibility’, yesterday.
Shamsul Anuar said the declining Malayan tiger population was due to several factors such as loss of habitats and food sources resulting from deforestation and lopsided land use.
He said the Malayan tiger had also been the main target of hunting activities and illegal animal trade due to the high demand in the black market.
“Let us together ensure that the Malayan tiger does not become extinct and the appearance (of two such tigers) in the Malaysian Coat of Arms remains. We do not want the Malayan tiger to only remain in name and pictures one day,” he added.