The Perak State Legislative Assembly sitting said an inventory by the Wildlife and National Parks Department estimates that there are approximately 40 to 50 Malayan tigers left in the state.
State Education, Technology, Science and Environment Committee chairman Abdul Aziz Bari said the inventory also included endangered large mammals such as elephants and gaur. He said based on the latest survey record, the number of elephants is between 100 -130 while gaur is between 50- 60.
In reply to Loh Sze Yee (PH-Jalong) who wanted to know the number of endangered animals still existing in Perak, the outcome of the ‘Save Our Malayan Tiger’ campaign and the measures taken by the government to protect endangered wildlife, he said “The main habitats of these three endangered species are the Royal Belum and Temengor forest in Gerik and Piah forest reserve in Sungai Siput,”.
The Save Our Malayan Tiger campaign was carried out in collaboration with various agencies including the police which led to the arrest of four Thai nationals in the month of September and October.
Abdul Aziz (PH-Tebing Tinggi) said that in general Perak still has 12 species of large mammals with a weight exceeding 20 kg, namely elephant, gaur, Malayan tapir, Malayan tiger, sambar deer, sun bear, deer, serow, black leopard, clouded leopard, wild boar, and wild dog.
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