June 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
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.
May 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Malayan tigers are found in the southern and central parts of Peninsula Malaysia. Recent counts showed there are 600-800 in the wild, making it the largest tiger population other than the Bengal and Indochinese tigers. It is still an endangered sub-species.
This is perhaps the smallest extant sub-species of tiger. Its stripe pattern is similar to the Indochinese tiger but its size is closer to the Sumatran tiger. The average weight is 120 kg for adult males and 100 kg for females. Male Malayan tigers are around 237cm in length from head to tail and female Malayan tigress around 200cm in length.