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Tiger Blogfest 2010 - Tiger Awareness

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 is 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= which is pretty alarming.

Tiger Blogfest 2010 Malaysia

This unique program which already has 98 confirmed bloggers to date (16th April 2010) since it was announced in the 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 the protection of the Malayan tiger stating;
The main aim is to increase awareness by reaching out to the large online 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".

A tiger photographed by David of Malaysia Asia
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 also 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 - namely medicinal and decorative. 

Bengal Tiger yawning exposing teeth

Malaysian National Icon - Tiger

The Malayan Tiger is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, symbolizing the government and appears in various heraldry of Malaysian institutions such as Maybank, Proton (National Car) and FAM (Football Association Malaysia).

If you did not know, the tiger also symbolizes bravery and strength to Malaysians. The tiger has been given various nicknames by Malaysians, notably "Pak Belang," which literally means "Uncle Stripes."

Photos of Tigers

The tiger photos in this article are all taken by me during my various travels throughout Asia and also Southeast Asia.

In these photos, you will see the Malayan TigerBengal Tiger, and even the White Tigers Species which are commonly Siberian Tigers. Honestly, whenever I travel and see a zoo or conservation, I will make it a point to visit it as I enjoy taking pictures of wildlife and nature.

Please enjoy the pictures below and if you need any other information, please contact the relevant parties or leave a message in the form below.

Bengal Tiger walking in the Shanghai Zoo

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 - Why Are They White? 

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-colored 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-colored cubs can be found in a litter.

A white Tiger gives me that look
A beautiful white tiger photographed at Singapore Zoo
Photo of a White Tiger jumping out of 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. 

Malaysian Tiger Campaign
The Tiger Blogfest Campaign
Tigers Alive - WWF - The Tigers Alive! the 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 programs 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 - The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is a joint program of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), 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 programs in Malaysia.

MYCAT is also 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)
WWF Malaysia

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.

Final Thoughts to the Tiger BlogFest Awareness

In reality, success is possible, and this means having more conservation interventions and field monitoring of wildlife. We need your help.

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Sibtiger said…
Tigers are great animals, especially Siberian tigers, which are also the largest species of cats in world.It would be a shamed to disappear.
Malaysia Asia said…
Sibtiger, thank you for your visit and I am yet to see a Siberian Tiger till today. Maybe one day.

Malaysia Asia said…
Thank you Anup or your kind words.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of writing and it is really interesting. I really love the tiger and took the lots of pictures during Siberia tour and keep an album.

Best Regards,
MsXeRoZ Nicole said…
Nice writing on Tigers David Jr. =)
We are aware that Tigers are in the brink of extinction, but, how can i help save the tiger? I feel sad for tigers and other animals but actually there's nothing much i can do.
In Peninsular Malaysia,the main cause for the decline of Tiger population is land clearing for plantation,actually this should stop immediately,opening up a new plantation contribututes to a lost of biodiversty,water catchment area and most of all a place for wildlife to live.
I see the use of cheap foreign workers which contributes a lot of social problems,jails are fill up with foreigners,billions of ringgit flow out every month and local not taking up low paying jobs
offered,as a summary opening up jungles for this purpose only benefit the owners and their foreign workers and everyone else
have to suffer including our poor Malayan Tigers.
Malaysia Asia said…
Luray, wow! I'm impressed that you've been to Siberia and taken pics of them.

Nicole - thank you for the kind words. Well, one way is to help spread the word about this and also educate some of the older generations about not using the parts for medicinal purposes.

Thomas - I absolutely agree with your statement and what you just mentioned is exactly what is going on. Humans are the cause of this no doubt about it and hopefully this can be fixed.

Monyet King said…
Wonderful article. Look forward to more.
Lilian said…
It's sad that the tigers are dwindling in number. I definitely oppose buying any tiger products. Good article to increase awareness.

fufu said…
only with 3000 tigers left??? omg!!!!! lucky i have my own little tiger... hahaha
Malaysia Asia said…
Monyet King, thank you very much.

Lilian, thank you for your support on this.

Fufu, yes, sadly only 300 OR LESS real tigers. What kind of little one do you have?

Anonymous said…
There was a news report of a local resort or something putting tiger cubs on parade. If the authorities are serious on tiger awareness, they should come after those people. Tigers belong in their natural habitat. Same goes for the situation in Phuket where tiger cubs were put on display for people to photograph and feed them milk.
superwilson said…
The white tigers look awesome. But sadly tigers are getting lesser and lesser. Good awareness man!
DanielCtw.com said…
Love the last shot, where the white tiger jumps from water. Our national zoo though, the tigers seem lifeless.

Well, we can all do our part to save the tigers.
Malaysia Asia said…
Mei Teng - Yes, I remember reading about it. Some zoo was renting them out for this purpose and it got straight into the media.

Wilson, thank you and hope you spread the word around.

Daniel - Thank you for the kind words. Apparently, more needs to be done about our 'National Zoo'. I hope soon too.

d'enricher said…
My Tiger Marathon In Cyberspace reaches your site at number 105, my fingers are numb, but the excitement of your info reduces the stress and add the fun.

Best Regards

Cinta Alam Malaysia
Malaysia Asia said…
Thank you A.Alshukor.
adriansabah said…
Looking through wiki, the last Javanese tiger became extinct recently in 1980. This is just so sad, because you could say that it happened on our watch.

I don't understand why there aren't any tigers in the wild in Sabah. We have one of the world's largest and oldest jungle, dense vegetation, highlands, mangrove forests and rivers. These are tigers natural habitat.

The only thing we can do to help tigers is to spread the word and raise awareness. Tell your kids, blog about it, donate to tiger conservation projects.
Malaysia Asia said…
Adrian, thank you for the important comments made and as for the Javanese Tiger, I would have loved to see one. Only in pictures now.

Yes, awareness is the only way about and starting from the young too.

shloke said…
A short, simple and beautiful writeup for Tiger Blogfest 2010. Wonderful public awareness effort! I think we should have another Blogfest for our perishing orang utan.

I agree with Thomas (Paragraph 1). Illegal deforestation and wanton commercial palm oil plantations in Sabah & Sarawak had threaten orangutan and wild tiger habitat. Recently, Discovery international published a full double page reviews on our oil palm industry. It also highlighted a place in East Malaysia with an aerial photo that shows a huge land area cleared for oil palm. I mean REALLY BIG land area! These pictures are really shocking and embarrassing!

International consumer groups are calling for a total boycott on palm oil products derived from Indonesia and Malaysia. Indonesia is the biggest 'criminal'. We are number 2. Malaysia must do more to protect them. Officials need to talk less and work more!

Alex Loke
Vibeke said…
Huge THUMBS UP for this blog! I wish I had seen this great initiative sooner so I too could have participated. Becoming a parent has really made me aware how fragile our eco systems are. It's just too sad to think that my children may grow up in a world without tigers!