Malay common name: Harimau
English common name: Malayan Tiger
Scientific name: Panthera tigris jacksoni
rank: Critically Endangered
Photo Source: WWF
I’m difficult to spot in the wild because my stripes help me blend into my habitat in the tropical rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia. I prefer to have a very large territory that is connected by forest blocks and corridors. That way, I can roam without running into human developments along the way. I eat a wide variety of prey but my favorites include Wild Pig, Sambar Deer, and Barking Deer. I play an important part in the rainforest ecosystem because I help keep prey populations from getting too high. And let’s just say, that is a role I don’t mind playing. I’m sure you know, I am a carnivore. None of that leafy green stuff for me.
I might be a big cat but I am one of the smallest tigers in the world. I am only 2.35 metres long, from my nose to the tip of my tail, but I stand tall because I am related to the Siberian Tiger. My Siberian cousins are the largest tigers in the world and can grow up to 3 metres. Don’t underestimate my ability because of my small size. I am able to occasionally hunt young Asian Elephants, Gaur, and Malayan Tapir. The fact that they are usually weak or sickly does not make it easier to hunt such big animals. I only make a kill once every three or four days and eat as much as I can all at once. You can come to try to spot me at Taman Negara National Park in Pahang and Royal Belum State Park in Perak.