November 12, 2010
Stronger measures needed to double tiger population
PETALING JAYA: There is hope still of doubling the population of the 500
endangered wild tigers in our forests if strong measures are taken to stop poaching, WWF Malaysia said.
“We used to have 3,000 wild tigers in the 1950s and we’re left with 500
“It’s still not too late to double that by 2020 if effective strategies are
implemented,” the organisation’s senior communications officer Sara Sukor said.
She added that Malaysia had the second largest wild tiger population in the
There are only 3,200 wild tigers left worldwide.
Sara commended the Government for its efforts to curb poaching, saying there had
been many successful seizures of tiger parts on sale, or kept illegally.
“However, we really need to focus on catching these poachers before they kill the
animals,” she said,
Sara suggested the creation of a tiger reserve or intensifying patrols and
enforcement nationwide through a multi-agency taskforce.
Her call for action precedes the Tiger Summit from Nov 21-24, where the heads of
state of the 13 tiger-range countries would meet in St Petersburg, Russia.
In conjunction with the summit, WWF has also a organised a Youth Tiger Summit from
Nov 18 to 24 in Vladivostok, Russia.
Representing Malaysia are Youth Asia co-executive directors Joel Neoh and Khailee
“It might take 40 years for everyone to finally prioritise tiger conservation, but
we have to be the ones responsible for starting that change,” Ng said.
Participants of the Youth Tiger Summit, amongst other things, would be taken to
visit field camps within the tiger range in the Russian Far East.
“We hope to understand more about how organisations and governments work together
to implement effective conservation efforts,” said Ng.
Source: The Star