Back in the 1950s, Malaysia was thought to have 3,000 wild tigers. Now less than 200 remain; primarily due to widespread poaching.
This means that the Malayan tiger is on the brink of extinction.
As an apex predator, Malayan tigers keep populations of prey species in check, which in turn maintains the balance in the forest ecosystem. We all need forests for fresh water, clean air and to regulate the climate to limit extreme weather patterns, such as droughts and floods.
Saving tigers means saving forests – and ourselves.
WWF-Malaysia urgently needs to fundraise RM10,000 for five MMS camera-traps, which cost RM2,000 each. These camera-traps help us to provide real-time information on poachers and encroachers by sending an MMS photo to our handphone, whenever any human (or animal) passes by the camera. The use of technology is a crucial part of our Malayan tiger conservation efforts, and the usage of these MMS camera-traps have resulted in a number of arrests over the years.
Although we have taken important steps in the journey to save our Malayan tigers, more must be done. Without major, imminent intervention, Malaysia’s national icon could be extinct within two years. WWF-Malaysia is supporting the Malaysian Government to establish long- term, sustainable solutions to protect Malaysia’s tigers and secure a future for all the biodiversity in Belum-Temengor.
It really is now or never. Please support our fundraisers: Ana, Baim, Miza, Murni,
Azi, Dalila, Intan, Faizzul, Rohgini, and Shafiqah (pictured in the banner above) by donating to help WWF-Malaysia save our Malayan tigers today! Thank you so much for your meaningful and important support.
Camera-trap photo © Shariff Mohamad/ WWF-Malaysia
Banner © Wan Nuranis/ WWF-Malaysia