Malaysia: National Tiger Action Plan calls for forest corridors
A new law seeks to double Malaysia’s tiger population to 1,000 by
2020, reports BBC News. The National Tiger Action Plan calls for
protective measures and the establishment of forest corridors between
habitats. It will support scientific research on tigers and re-locate
tigers in conflict with humans. Despite having protected status since
the early 1970s, Malaysia’s tiger populations have plunged from 3,000
to 500 in the past three decades due to poaching for their meat and
body parts; over-hunting of their prey; and loss of habitat caused by
logging and conversion of forest land to oil palm plantations.
Conservationists have long criticized Malaysia’s wildlife laws which
they say are poorly enforced.