An image of an endangered Malaysian tiger, pictured by a camera trap.

From The Field: Protecting the last Malayan tigers

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An image of an endangered Malaysian tiger, pictured by a camera trap.

From The Field: Protecting the last Malayan tigers

Climate and Environment

The Malayan tiger is a critically endangered species, at a real risk of extinction, mainly as a result of illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking: according to the Malaysian authorities, fewer than 200 are left.

Setting up a camera trap to monitor wildlife and encroachment in Malaysia.
Setting up a camera trap to monitor wildlife and encroachment in Malaysia., by UNDP

But a fight to save the tigers is underway: in the last two years, more than 1,000 tiger traps have been destroyed, and a team supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) conducts patrols in illegal hunting hotspots.

Rangers are involved in monitoring, intelligence gathering, and enforcement activities, and successfully cutting wildlife crimes.

You can read the whole article, released to mark International Tiger Day, celebrated on July 29, here.