Malayan Tiger, by Felineus

Protect the Most Important Forests Left for Tigers in Malaysia

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Project Overview

One of the rarest tigers in the world, the Malayan Tiger, needs urgent protection as it faces extinction from poaching and habitat loss.

  • Species at Risk

    Malay Crestless Fireback (CR), Helmeted Hornbill (CR), Indochinese Leopard (CR), Tiger (EN), Malay Tapir (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    23,499,989*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Panthera

  • 102,905 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $1,850,970
Funding Raised: $1,013,676

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Malaysia
Proposed Acres

102,905

Project Overview

One of the rarest tigers in the world, the Malayan Tiger, needs urgent protection as it faces extinction from poaching and habitat loss.

  • Species at Risk

    Malay Crestless Fireback (CR), Helmeted Hornbill (CR), Indochinese Leopard (CR), Tiger (EN), Malay Tapir (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    23,499,989*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Panthera

  • 102,905 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £1,469,023
Funding Raised: £804,505

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Malaysia
Proposed Acres

102,905

Did you know?

150

Is the estimated number of Malayan Tigers in existence today.

Peninsular Malaysia holds some of the world’s oldest, most intact rainforests and is home to seven wild cat species, including the rare Malayan Tiger, and their prey. These majestic cats and an abundance of other species are threatened by poaching, logging and exploitation of less-regulated forest areas.

Rainforest Trust and our partner, Panthera, will expand the existing network of high-quality big-cat habitat by safeguarding 332,541 acres in Malaysia’s most important tiger stronghold, the 1.4 million-acre greater Taman Negara National Park landscape. The new protections will be achieved with the creation of the 102,905-acre Tembeling Protected Area and upgrading the protection status of the adjacent 229,636-acre Gunung Aais Forest Reserve with on-the-ground safeguards against poaching.

Part of a 20-year strategy to save the entire central forest spine of Peninsular Malaysia for threatened species, the new protected area offers connections to Kenyir State Park, created by Rainforest Trust in 2018, and other forest and watershed reserves. Our partner and other stakeholders will also advocate for the need to restrict the uses of a proposed new road that will cross the northern portion of the protected area, where the virtually undisturbed, primary rainforest of Gunung Aais Forest Reserve is a carbon vault of global significance.

Header photo:  Malayan Tiger, by Felineus

Explore the Tembeling Protected Area

Malayan Tiger, by Vladimir Wrangel
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Malayan Tiger, by Vladimir Wrangel

Malay Crestless Fireback, by Mohammad Johar Hussain
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Malay Crestless Fireback, by Mohammad Johar Hussain

Malay Crestless Fireback, by grass-lifeisgood
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Malay Crestless Fireback, by grass-lifeisgood

Malay Tapir, by Karel Bartik
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Malay Tapir, by Karel Bartik

Malay Tapir or Asian Tapir, by Marek Rybar
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Malay Tapir or Asian Tapir, by Marek Rybar

The rapids of the Jeram Perahu waters, by Amir Isqandar/Panthera
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The rapids of the Jeram Perahu waters, by Amir Isqandar/Panthera

Indochinese Leopard, by Dome Pratumtong
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Indochinese Leopard, by Dome Pratumtong

Helmeted Hornbill, by Red Ivory
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Helmeted Hornbill, by Red Ivory

Gunung Aais Mountain, by Amir Isqandar/Panthera
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Gunung Aais Mountain, by Amir Isqandar/Panthera

Support Anti-Poaching Patrols to Protect Big Cats

This is one of the most cat-rich areas of the world. The seven wild cat species whose ranges overlap here are: Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Flat-headed Cat, Marbled Cat and the Asiatic Golden Cat. Tiger and Leopard are targeted by poachers through the heavy use of snares, which endanger non-target species as well. This illegal practice occurs throughout Southeast Asia and is driving severe declines in threatened species.

This project will support a rigorous program of anti-poaching patrols in the expanded tiger park. Panthera staff will evaluate wildlife safety measures and work with local governments, communities and other partners to elevate protections.

Protect an Extraordinary Array of Mammal Species

Over 150 mammal species have been documented within the Taman Negara forest complex. In addition to the cats, other species found in the new park include elephants, Sun Bear, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Dhole, Malay Tapir, primates (like the Long-tailed Macaque), pangolins, otters and bats. Critically Endangered birds include the Helmeted Hornbill and the Malay Crestless Fireback, a ground-dweller that has suffered from decades of overhunting and habitat loss.

To limit threats posed by the proposed new road across the state park, our partner and other stakeholders will advocate for creation of a wildlife crossing and will propose strategies to mitigate poaching, including restrictions on road use and imposition of a fee on road users.

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