Established in 2007 by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Palm Beach Zoo has participated in tiger conservation through financial support since 2012. Tigers in Malaysia face the same obstacles as most species – habitat destruction, lack of connectivity, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching. Similarities of threats to tigers are seen across other big cat species and include other Palm Beach Zoo conservation efforts such as Florida panther conservation, giraffe conservation, and jaguar conservation.
WCS’s goal is to have “multiple thriving populations of tigers across their range and in all the habitats in which they are found.” Our funding allows them to employ key strategies to accomplish this goal in Malaysia with boots-on-the-ground to work with the farmers and villagers, government staff and politicians, other conservationists, and to collect data on tigers to better inform conservation strategies.
Up-close, personal, intimate encounters with our tigers are key to exciting our guests and creating awareness of hurdles faced by wildlife both in Malaysia as well as Florida. Palm Beach Zoo is designing Tiger Forest, a third tiger habitat, which will provide guests with ‘nose-to-whisker' experiences, and where zoologists convey the important conservation needs of this magnificent predator. Tiger Forest will bring guests closer to tigers than ever before, giving them a life-long connection to these amazing creatures and creating a culture of conservation action from our visitors and community.
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