Tiger Blogfest 2010 - Tiger Awareness

Tiger Blogfest 2010 Malaysia

The Tiger Blogfest 2010 is to create awareness about the declining rate of tigers throughout Malaysia and the world. Sadly as I write this, there are only an estimate 3,000 tigers left on our beautiful earth while a century ago, there were more than 100,000. Out of this number, there are only about 500 or less Malayan Tigers left in Malaysia.

This unique program which already has 98 confirmed bloggers to date (16th April 2010) since it was announced middle of March, was initiated by Planet of the Monyets which is a nature blog. According to  the founder, Dr G Balamurugan, the Tiger BlogFest 2010 is a forum for bloggers to contribute towards protection of the Malayan tiger stating - “The main aim is to increase awareness by reaching out to the large on-line community. It is estimated that the combined traffic to the participating blogs is about 100,000 visitors per day – giving the plight of the tiger the publicity it duly deserves".

I am participating with this article to show my support for these amazing creatures and hopefully you out there reading this will remember a little bit more about these beautiful tigers. I hope that when you travel and see anyone selling items from Tigers, you will not participate in purchasing them as they are currently being hunted down for all sorts of reasons. Mainly medicinal and decorative. 

Bengal Tiger yawning exposing teeth

Malaysian national icon - Tiger

The Malayan Tiger is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, symbolising the government and appears in various heraldry of Malaysian institutions such as Maybank, Proton (National Car) and FAM (Football Association Malaysia). It symbolizes bravery and strength to Malaysians. The tiger has been given various nicknames by Malaysians, notably "Pak Belang," which literally means "Uncle Stripes."

Bengal Tiger walking in the Shanghai Zoo

The tiger pictures in this article are all taken by me during my various travels throughout Southeast Asia. Some as you can see are from the Malayan Tiger, Bengal Tiger and the White Tigers Species. I enjoy taking pictures of nature and more so in the wild. Something that keeps me excited while on my travels. Please enjoy the pictures below and if you need any other information, please contact the relevant parties or send me an email.

Bengal Tiger trying to snooze. Similar to my pet cat.

A couple of Malayan Tigers taking a nap

White Tiger sitting on a rock at the Singapore Zoo

White Tigers are often mistaken for Albinos which are completely white with pink eyes. Bengal White Tigers are also found exclusively in India. Although Bengal tigers make up 60% of the world’s wild tiger population, individuals with white coats are indeed very rare. Only one White Tiger exists out of every 10,000 normal orange-coloured tigers according to statistics and surprising the unusual white coloration is a result of gene mutation – a permanent change in the gene controlling the coat coloration and the change can be passed on from one generation to another. The mutated gene is a recessive gene, meaning two such genes are needed to produce the white coloration. Both white and normal orange-coloured cubs can be found in a litter.

White Tiger giving that look while in water

White Tiger at the Singapore Zoo

White Tiger makes a jump from the water

I hope you enjoyed the pictures, article and information conveyed here and with this, I leave you with some important links related to the Tiger Conversation, Programs and Associations around Malaysia and the region. I hope you will participate in doing your part for the Tiger. 

Tigers Alive - WWF - The Tigers Alive! project focuses on inter-related components within the Belum-Temengor-Gunung Basor landscape. The components include reducing human-tiger conflict and raising awareness through educational programmes in Jeli, Kelantan, addressing tiger landscape connectivity as well as monitoring of tigers and their prey. Each component forms an important part of a broader approach to addressing tiger conservation in Malaysia. 

Contact: Syazreen Sara
Communications Officer,
Tiger Conservation Programme (Peninsular Malaysia)
WWF-Malaysia, Peninsular Malaysia Office (HQ)
Telephone: +603 7803 3772 ext: 6421

Malaysia Nature Society -Tiger Conservation - The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is a joint programme of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Malaysia Programme, and WWF-Malaysia. MYCAT works in partnership with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia for integrated tiger conservation programmes in Malaysia. MYCAT is the collaborative platform for the implementation of the Malaysian Tiger Action Plan.

MYCAT partners:
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
TRAFFIC Southeast Asia (TSEA)
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Supported by:
Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia

MYCAT contact details;MYCAT Secretariat’s Office (MYCAT-SO)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia
KM10 Jalan Cheras 56100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Telephone: +6 (03) 9075 2872 ext 140
Fax: +6 (03) 9075 2873
Email: malaysian_cat2003@yahoo.com / mycat@wildlife.gov.my

Year of the Tiger from WWF - On February 14, 2010, the Chinese lunar calendar moved into the Year of the Tiger. Unfortunately, the plight of wild tigers doesn’t call for much celebration. Three subspecies have been driven to extinction in the past century alone and experts estimate there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. The good news is that together we can secure a future for these magnificent big cats. Join WWF to reach Tx2, our goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.

Save The Tiger Fund - ExxonMobil has provided $1 million annually to support the Save The Tiger Fund since its establishment and more than $13 million in total in tiger range countries since 1992.  This represents one of the largest corporate commitments ever made to saving a species.

Wildlife Conservation Society - Right now, WCS conservationists are working on the ground in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak with various government partners and NGOs to help save some of Malaysia’s most endangered wildlife. From orangutans in Sarawak to tigers and elephants in Peninsular Malaysia, WCS is making important progress. But, much more is needed as the threats are increasing. Success is possible, and this means having more conservation interventions and field monitoring of wildlife. We need your help.

Various Tiger Fan Pages on Facebook;
Stop Killing The Tigers

Tiger Links;
Malayan Tiger from Wikipedia
Tiger Research in Taman Negara
White Tiger from Wikipedia
White Tiger Information from Tigerhomes.org
Bengal Tiger from National Geographic

Tiger Blogfest 2010 was brought to you by Planet Of The Monyets