In Malaysia, Palm Beach Zoo is supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to increase the effectiveness of anti-poaching tiger patrols and strengthen anti-poaching laws. We're also supporting tiger-themed education and outreach activities in areas close to tiger habitats.
Across their range, tigers face unrelenting pressures from poaching, retaliatory killings, habitat loss and loss of prey. They are forced to compete for space with a dense and growing human populations.
PALM OIL CRISIS
One of the largest contributors of habitat loss is the relentless expansion of palm oil plantations to supply the growing worldwide consumption of palm oil.
Palm oil represents about 30 percent of the total vegetable oil in the market today and is used in many food products, cosmetics, bath products, and now increasingly in biofuels. Due to rising global demand for vegetable oils, and the fact that yield per acre of palm oil is five to ten times higher than those of other sources of vegetable oil, palm oil production has increased rapidly over the past 20 years.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: THE POWER IS IN YOUR PALM
As a consumer, your purchasing power can encourage companies to meet their societal and environmental responsibility. You can help tigers by only buying products that use sustainable palm oil. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certifies palm oil producers that follow guidelines aimed at minimizing their impact on tigers, orangutans, and the environment.
WCS has a program in Malaysia that works to ensure the conservation of these tigers in the wild. Throughout the range of the tiger, WCS has developed a set of powerful strategies that has demonstrably increased tiger populations.
To understand just how many tigers there are in the Endau-Rompin Landscape, camera traps are the best tool that researchers employ. Tiger camera trap surveys are conducted in Endau-Rompin every two years. Females and cubs have been spotted in the camera trap photos, and researchers have been able to follow some cubs to adulthood, as they disperse into new areas.
A tiger’s stripes are unique, like a fingerprint, so each tiger can be individually identified and counted.
With effective protections for tigers, their prey, and their habitat, there is good reason to believe that the Endau-Rompin landscape will be able to secure a long-term breeding population of Malayan tigers.