Thursday, April 22, 2010

Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni)

For the next posts i will share about the six subspecies of tigers that still alive in this world. Since i am from Malaysia, then i will write about Malayan Tiger first.
  • IUCN: Endangered, CITES: Appendix 1 (international commercial trading is prohibited)
  • The Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) was only identified as being a separate subspecies from the Indochinese in 2004. (*This subspecies is still new to the science).
  • This new subspecies is named after the tiger conservationist Peter Jackson.
  • It is estimated that 490 adult individuals exist in the wild.
  • Malayan tiger lives in tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests of Southern Thailand and Malaysian Peninsula.
  • People in Malaysia have special name for tiger, Pak Belang or Datuk Harimau.
  • With round pupil and yellow iris, the night vision of tiger is six times better than normal human. Therefore tiger can easily walk in the density of tropical forest.
  • These carnivorous mammals instinctively avoid human beings and will only attack people if they are provoked, injured or unable to hunt for their usual food. 
  • Tiger has five times the pulling strength of human athlete. 
  • Mating seasons happens throughout the year, although it has been suggested that tiger reproduction, in Peninsular Malaysia might have a seasonal peak around November to March.
  • In Malaysia, the main tiger-prey species are wild boar, Sambar deer and medium-sized mammals such as Barking deer (muntjak). (*Opss... i maybe wrong about tiger eating small mammals. Hmm.. seems to be tigers only eat until the size of medium-sized mammals). 
All of these info was extracted from WWF. Thanks for this information and hope this will help more of us to know and understand better of Mr. Malayan Tiger.

Photo credit to The Animal Files.com.

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