Endangered wildlife conservation in Malaysia

Wildlife in danger in Malaysia

In Malaysia, just like elsewhere the modern world, many species of wildlife are disappearing fast, and conservation measures are needed to prevent animals and plants from vanishing for good.

Habitat destruction is a main part of the problem but many animals are being killed and taken by hunters and poachers too. Many rare animals are hunted for food and even for sport. Some are caught alive and then sold on to collectors. One of the saddest and sickest reasons that animals are hunted is because of the crazy supernatural belief that parts of their bodies, such as rhino horn, have magic properties.

Tigers, Tapirs and Rhinos

The World Conservation Union has stated that 14% of mammals in Malaysia are facing extinction unless something is done fast to halt their decline in numbers.

Three large mammal species that fall within this category are the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), the Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) and the Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus).

In Borneo it is believed that there are no more than 20 specimens of the Sumatran Rhino, and only 200 are still alive anywhere.

The Malayan Tapir used to live in the rainforests of many places in Southeast Asia, and is still found in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, but its numbers have been dropping rapidly and the species is listed as endangered.

The Malayan Tiger, which also has the scientific name Panthera tigris malayensis , is on the endangered species list too, although sadly all types of this very beautiful great cat are now in danger as well. Many of those alive are confined to zoos.

Sumatran Rhino caught first time on Camera on Borneo

Malaysian wildlife

Malayan Tapir in London Zoo. Photo by Bluemoose
Malayan Tapir in London Zoo. Photo by Bluemoose
Sumatran Rhino
Sumatran Rhino

Conservation campaigns and ecotourism

A big part of why wildlife is in danger is because for many people conservation takes second place to the welfare of human beings. People do not realise that all animal and plants species have vital roles to play in the ecosystem. Destroy one species and a link in the chain of the ecosystem is broken and new problems can be created. For example, it has been shown in research studies that where tigers have vanished from the environment wild pigs have become very numerous because one of their main predators has gone.

Because of this education is a vital part of the solution and the public have to be taught that all living things have important roles to play in the natural world. Fortunately, many individuals and organisations are stepping forward with ideas and projects to help conserve the environment and the flora and fauna that depend on it.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has collaborated with the Johor State government on a project which aims to increase the population of Malaysian Tigers by as much as 50% over the course of the next decade. The WCS has also produced the Teachers for Tigers educational tool-kit manual. This has been especially tailored for use in the rural communities.

Again on the subject of the conservation of Malayan Tigers, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently staged a public event in Kuala Lumpur in which protesters pretended to drop dead, and in so doing, called attention to the threat to the tigers.

Eco-tourism is also helping conservation. The mountains, jungles and beaches of Malaysia have made this area of the world the most popular destination for tourists in Southern Asia. Many of these people take a delight in observing nature in the raw and wondering at its incredible beauties. This means that even on a financial level it is important for Malaysia to look after its natural habitats or the eco-tourists will have no reason to want to go there.

Copyright © 2010 Steve Andrews. All Rights Reserved.

Malayan Tiger at San Diego Zoo

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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Good hub but I can never see a rhino without thinking about my friend Adrian Belew (King Crimson etc.). His first solo album was called Lone Rhino and there was a song I think called Lone Rhinoceros that I always though was as much about himself as anything. It's a great tune, you should check it out. Peace!! Tom

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for such a prompt response, Tom! I used to like King Crimson but not heard any of their music for a long time!

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SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

...great hub...thanks for raising awareness and reminding me....i think all zoos, aquariums and circus in the world should be made illegal.......

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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Love your Hub and love animals, and would love that people much more do for preserving wildlife. Thanks for Rhino-Video.

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SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

Hey Bard...do you ever read or pay attention to what David Suzuki has to say?(Canadian environmentalist; academic; and i think scientist)...lives close to me.

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I know his name but can't say I have heard anything about what he is saying or doing.

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I know his name but can't say I have heard anything about what Suzuki is saying or doing. In an ideal world I don't think there should be zoos but we live in a far from ideal one and factually a lot of species are being maintained in captivity so surely that is a benefit? It is crazy it has got like this but many plants and animals are safer in the hands of humans that run such places than in the wild places which are a danger to them or non-existent because of other humans! I can think of two plants that currently owe their survival to being cultivated for gardens on this island because they are very nearly extinct in the wild.

Thanks for posting, Tatjana and Someway!

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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia

Nice work Bard of Ely. We have a similar problem in Australia, so many species of our unique wildlife are slowly disappearing. It has been suggested that families adopt an animal from the wild rather than the domestic cat or dog. Sad that this may be the only way to save our wildlife but if that's what it takes to keep the line going it has to be better than the alternative.

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erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

This truly is a terrible situation going on in SO many countries in this world. There are many huge game farm organizations that bribe these countries into letting them hunt these exotic animals for trophies using "canned hunting" techniques where the animals truly have no chance. I have recently learned a lot of behind the scenes information about this horrible trend in the book "Dominion". Something needs to change soon or this earth will no longer have these beautiful animals in the wild, only in zoos. Thanks for writing this hub.

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Jaynie2000 6 years ago

Nice but somewhat sad hub. The tiger is my favorite land animal and I hate to think of its dwindling population. Man truly is the most dangerous and self-absorbed member of the animal kingdom in so many ways. Someday, I fear the egos and quest for world domination by our various subgroups will put us on the endangered species list as well. But thank goodness for those of us that dedicate our lives and resources to conservation and perpetuation of all species. Noble work indeed.

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your posts, Karanda, Erthfrend and Jaynie2000!

Yes, I have heard that even the Koala which is an animal symbol for Australia is now endangered! It sickens me what is being done to the animals and environments of this world!

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

It's sad to hear the latest news of the dwindling numbers of endangered species. Any good news is very welcome.

Ironic that the salvation of these species may be dependant on the money to be made from people wanting to see them in their natural environment before they are lost forever.

Whatever works.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I agree with you that it is ironic but whatever works is what is needed!

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Beautiful, helpful hub! Love all the information about wildlife conservation in Malaysia and the photographs are wonderful.

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks, Steph!

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Very cool hub my dear friends, I love the creatures of the world, I am an Earth girl and Mother Earth rules. You are an awesome writer and this isd and excellent hub...rate up up up

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Darlene!

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Excellent subject matter. It pains me to see animals slaughtered by man for fun or financial gain. I'm all for conservation to prevent money and thrill kills from happening.

But when a species dies out naturally it feels as though we may be conceitedly tampering with nature. Great informative hub, voted up, marked awesome, beautiful and shared.

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, pmccray!

takase 6 years ago

Err...Excuse me,do you know any organization conserving wildlife in Malaysia,besides WCF

takase 6 years ago

Plz,I need your help now...

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Look in the links section I gave above!

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steveso 5 years ago from Brockport, NY

I am an American living in Penang. I have lived here for 3 years now and I see a very disturbing trend. Every day more and more of the rainforested hillsides are being destroyed by greedy, irresponsible developers putting up "supercondos". When I first moved here I was able to see many monkeys in the trees along the roadsides. Now they are all gone. I am afraid that in a few years there will be no greenery or wildlife here - just condos.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am very sorry to hear it! Thank you for posting!

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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

A great hub on the wildlife of a country that we love very much. We have been to Malaysia and have hiked in Taman Nagra National Park. This was back in 2003.

I hope Malaysia is able to protect its natural heritage for passing it on to our next generation.

However, like everywhere else, situation looks a bit gloomy as irresponsible developers in collusion with the authorities are clearing up forests in the name of creating concrete jungles. I hope Malaysian government is able to control this trend as it is not sustainable.

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Bard of Ely 3 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your great feedback!

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ranjanrahul 3 years ago from Delhi

Its really a great hub on wildlife... In present scenario conservation is very important... but I read on many blogs about the poaching and other nonhuman behaviors near the national parks. Government show take a strong action on those as well.

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Bard of Ely 3 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

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