Sunday, September 19, 2010

Species of the Month - the Malayan Tiger

The Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, may roam in and out of the Park, in search of food.  With recent sightings around the Fraser's Hill area in 2005, the northern forests of Taman Negeri Selangor have been classified as tiger habitat under the Selangor Structure Plan.  Tigers may also roam in and out of other sections of the Park, particularly the large tracts of forest, including the Hulu Langat area in the south.

While powerful creatures and stealthy hunters, tigers instinctively try to avoid humans and will only attack people if they are provoked, injured or unable to hunt their usual food.

Tigers are carnivores, with their favorite prey being wild boar and deer.  They are solitary creatures except during mating time, or as a mother with young cubs.  No two tigers have the same stripe pattern.

Sadly, there are less than 500 individual tigers left in the wild in Peninsular Malaysia - as compared to about 3,000 individuals 50 years ago.  The Malayan tiger is listed as Critically Endangered  under IUCN.   Tigers prefer the lowland dipterocarp forests as their primary habitat, which is the main forest type of Taman Negeri Selangor.

To learn more about efforts to protect our magnificent Malayan tiger, please visit:
Tx2 - Double the Number of Tigers

Also, please sign the petition to stop the KL Outer Ring Road from fragmenting the forests of Taman Negeri Selangor:
Stop the KLORR from Damaging Taman Negeri Selangor

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