Malaysia is on the brink of losing its Malayan tigers — Panthera tigris jacksoni — which means the world is one step closer to losing another tiger subspecies.
Nature had gifted us with nine subspecies of tigers. Unfortunately, three subspecies have gone extinct. The Panthera tigris virgata (Caspian Tiger), Panthera tigris sondaica (Java Tiger) and Panthera tigris balica (Bali Tiger) have all been wiped off the face of the Earth.
With that in mind, the Malayan tiger is also facing the threat of extinction.
According to John Goodrich, chief scientist and tiger programme director for Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organisation, there are around 150 Malayan tigers left in the wild. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List said there were between 80 and 120 breeding adults left. That number is likely declining, the IUCN warned.
The whole article was published by New Straits Times on March 15, 2021.