Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tigers Gain Increased Protection in Malaysia
In response to the recent case of tiger poaching in Malaysia that I reported here earlier this week (a clouded leopard carcass was part of the seizure by Thai custom officials), Malaysia has stepped up a plan to not only protect, but increase the tiger population in that country. Currently only 500 tigers are thought to remain there and officials pledge to take action to increase that number to 1000 by 2020. This will be achieved though a partnership of government agencies and wildlife conservation organizations and includes increased action to bust and prosecute poachers, protect prey species, and increase sustainable forestry practices. If the program succeeds it will enhance not only tiger populations but protect other species, such as the clouded leopard, that shares the ever-shrinking forest habitat in Malaysia.
For more on the story: Lifeline for Tigers


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