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Malaysian Tiger becoming extinct!

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The Malayan tiger is the national animal of Malaysia.​​ Two tigers are depicted as supporters in the coat of arms of Malaysia. The tiger appears in various heraldry of Malaysian institutions such as the Royal Malaysia Police, Maybank, Proton, and Football Association of Malaysia. It symbolizes bravery and strength to Malaysians. It is also the nickname for the Malaysia national football team. The tiger has been given various nicknames by Malaysians, notably "Pak Belang," which literally means "Uncle Stripes." Pak Belang features prominently in folklore as one of the adversaries of Sang Kancil (the mouse deer).

Physical Characteristics

The Malayan Tiger is one of the smallest tigers of all of the subspecies. The average length of a male is 259 cm and of a female 239 cm.

Scientific classification

Domain: Eukaryota

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Suborder: Feliformia

Family: Felidae

Subfamily: Pantherinae

Genus: Panthera


Panthera tigris (P. tigris​)


P. t. tigris

P. t. sondaica

P. t. trinilensis †

P. t. acutidens †

P. t. soloensis †


Malayan tigers may mate year-round, but the females attain estrus between November and March. The Malayan tiger's aggression during the mating sessions is a typical big cat mating behavior. Their gestation period ranges between 100 and 105 days after which a litter of 3 to 4 cubs are born.

Conservation Status

Critically endangered.

The goal of the Malayan Tiger Conservation Programme is to strengthen tiger conservation in Malaysia by enhancing public awareness levels on tiger conservation-related issues and by forging greater partnership through increased communication and collaboration with MYCAT partners, the public, other government agencies


The Malayan tiger is a carnivore, preying primarily on sambar deer, barking deer and wild boar.

Social structure

Tigers are territorial and usually solitary in nature. Their social system is connected through visual signals, scent marks and vocalizations. Tigers are usually solitary in nature, interacting briefly only for mating purposes and occasionally to share their kill.


Malayan tigers live in Malaysia in southeast Asia. Specifically, they are found in Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, and Terengganu. They live in tropical forests because the dense trees in these forests make it easier for the tigers to stalk and capture prey.