The scientific name of Malayan Tiger is Panthera tigris jacksoni, and it is mainly found in the southern and central regions of the Malaysian Peninsula. It is also found in some parts of Thailand. There are nearly 600 to 800 Malayan tigers that are found in the wild now. Malayan tigers are the only other common species like Bengal tiger.
The Malayan tiger is very similar to the Indo-Chinese tiger. However, it is smaller than the royal Bengal tiger in size. The Malayan Tiger can weigh up to 120 kgs. The Malayan tigers mainly depend on deer, sambar, wild boars, and pigs as their preys. Some of the tigers prey on elephants and sun bears, but these are in the Teman Negara region. Occasionally, the Malayan tigers can come to the villages and take the livestock also.
The tiger population has been gradually reducing in Malaysia as well because of severe poaching. Tigers are poached for their beautiful skin which is sold at a very high price. However, most of the Malayan tigers are now being kept in conserved areas. Every few are left in the wild and they are not expected to survive longer because of this protective measure.
The average life span of a tiger is 15 years. In captivity, it can live a few years longer. The reproduction rate of tigers is also very low and therefore, not many cubs are produced. The tigers do not breed well under captivity. They need their natural habitat to breed and increase in number. Also, once the tiger has been captivated, it cannot live in the wild again.
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