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We love our tigers here at the zoo and want to do what ever we can to protect these beautful cats in the wild.
Tigers once lived in a vast area that spanned from Turkey all the way to the islands of Indonesia. In the past century, tiger habitats have shrunk to just a few areas in Southeast Asia, India, and Russia. With fewer than 4000 tigers left in the wild, the tiger has become an endangered species.
The Malayan Tiger subspecies has less than 1000 individuals left in the wild in three centralized areas in the Malay Peninsula; Belum-Temenggor in the North, Taman Negara in the center, and Endau-Rompin in the South. Unfortunately due to poaching of tigers, the loss of tiger habitat, and the poaching of tiger prey, the tiger populations have significantly decreased in these areas.
The Houston Zoo is partnering with the Tiger Conservation Campaign run by the Minnesota Zoo. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds and resources in support of the Malayan Tiger.
How can you help
Malayan tiger quick facts:
Where they live: Peninsular Malaysia
How many remain: Probably fewer than 500
Major threats: Habitat loss, poaching of tigers and their prey
Projects we support: Anti-poaching efforts, Tiger & prey research
Malayan tigers, until recently considered “Indochinese” tigers, are native to the tropical forests of peninsular Malaysia. In this region’s protected areas, the tiger habitat that remains can likely support more tigers. But in order for Malayan tiger populations to grow, poaching of tigers and their prey must be controlled.
In Malaysia, our campaign is supporting efforts to increase the effectiveness of anti-poaching patrols, and to strengthen anti-poaching laws. We’re also supporting tiger and prey research to monitor population trends, evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs, and identify threats.
Support update April 16th : So far 35 people have donated a total of $1185 to protect tigers in the wild.