The Malayan tiger is found only in the Malay Peninsula, southern tip of Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
Malayan tigers prey on sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar and livestock. Tigers in Taman Negara also prey on sun bear. Whether their principal prey includes gaur and tapir is unknown.
Remote forests in hilly to mountainous terrain, much of which lies along the borders between countries.
Morphologically similar to the Indo-Chinese tiger, but the size is closer to the Sumatran tigers. Males average 2.7 meters (9 feet) from head to tail. Females are smaller, measuring about 2.4 meters (8 feet) in length. The average weight is 120 kg for adult males and 100 kg for females.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since the late 1980s, at least 500 tigers are thought to remain in Malaysia, which has carrying capacity of 493 to1480 tigers based on available habitat with known presence of tigers and expected mean density estimates of 1-3 adult tigers/100 sq km. The tigers are apparently near the carrying capacity in the Taman Negara National Park which has 91 adults and cubs corresponding to a density of 1.1 - 1.98 adults per 100km 2. In unprotected areas, tigers are threatened by logging operations, retaliatory killings resulting from human-tiger conflict and incidental killings due to wire snares set for other wildlife such as wild boars. Nearly 90% of the tiger habitat is outside the protected areas where their status is uncertain and in need of further attention (Taken from SavetheTigerFund.org, 2007).
MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS:
We have three adult tigers, an older female named Melor born on August 24, 1996, a younger female named Seri born on April 29, 2008 and a young male named Belahat born sometime in 1999. Belahat came to El Paso from the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Tigers live solitary lives coming together only to breed. All three of our tigers share their habitat in the Asia part of the Zoo rotating between the outside and behind the scenes areas on different days of the week and at different times of the day.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS:
Read about tigers online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.
JUST FOR KIDS:
Your children can adopt a tiger from the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds support the El Paso Zoo’s conservation and education efforts. Children can use their own money or get their classmates and friends involved and adopt an animal as a group. Learn more at http://www.elpasozoosociety.org.