Malayan tiger {panthera tigris jacksoni/panthera tigris malayensis}

June 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Malayan tiger in the water

Malayan tiger in the water at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

The Malayan tiger (panthera tigris jacksoni in recognition of the work by zoologist Peter Jackson, or panthera tigris malayensis as the local authorities prefer to name it.) Until 2004, it was not recognised as a sub-species. Recent count shows that there are 600 to 800 in the wild in Peninsular Malaysia.

In Malaysia, this tiger is a national icon. It is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, as well as institutions such as the largest bank and car manufacturer in the country. It signifies bravery and strength. The colours black and gold are commonly used in corporate logos and emblems. This photo was taken at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, about 20km from Kota Kinabalu city.

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