December 25, 2011
Tiger spotted on road in Perak forest complex
By RASHVINJEET S. BEDI
PETALING JAYA: A tiger crossing may exist in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex in
Perak, said Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) .
Its conservation officer Lim Wee Siong, who is based in Grik, said he and some
colleagues working on an elephant project were driving on the East-West Highway at 4am on Wednesday when they saw
“We were the only vehicle on the highway at that moment. The tiger did not go very
far away,” he added.
Using a search-light, the group managed to spot the tiger hiding behind some
grass. They then took video footage and pictures of the animal.
Chance encounter: The MNS conservation team took pictures and video of the tiger
while it was hiding by the roadside.
“It happened really fast. It was the first time I saw a tiger on the road. Elephant
crossings happen daily, but a tiger crossing is very rare,” he said.
MNS head of conservation Yeap Chin Aik said the Belum-Temengor area was one of the
most important sites for tiger, elephant and tapir conservation.
He said tigers and elephants needed a large area to find resources.
“It probably wasn't the first time the tiger crossed the road. But we want to know
why it did so,” he said.
There are an estimated 500 wild tigers left in the peninsula.
The Belum-Temengor Forest Complex forms the last and largest remaining continuous
block of natural forest in the peninsula, with a total area of about 300,000ha almost four times the size of
When the Royal Belum State Park, which has an area of 117,500ha was gazetted in
May 2007, Belum-Temengor remained vulnerable to a host of threats, particularly logging and poaching.
“Globally, tigers are in trouble. They need their habitat to survive. They should
be accorded better protection,” said Yeap.