Unknown risk of extinction
Without any form of intervention, it's likely that the Malayan tiger will continue to fall victim to a poacher’s snare. The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) has stepped in to ensure the survival of this species.
Within the forests of Peninsula Malaysia lies an important conduit between Taman Negara National Park and the Main Range – home to two of the largest tiger landscapes in Malaysia. Known as the Sungai Yu River Wildlife Corridor, it's here that the organisation conducts ongoing Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) walks to closely monitor the activity of poachers and remove traps that they set in the area.
Through the presence of these volunteers, illegal tiger poaching activity has been curbed with minimal disturbance to wildlife. Also, more than a hundred snares have been destroyed to date, along with reduced signs of encroachments.
The work of MYCAT has paid off in other ways too. Thanks to actionable information gathered and passed on to authorities through these walks, there have been successful raids and arrests of tiger poachers and middlemen.
With new CAT Walkers being groomed to take the mantle of conservation to the community at large, the important work of saving the Malayan tiger continues.