Malayan tiger

Malayan Tiger

Panthera tigris jacksoni

CLASS Mammalia | ORDER Carnivora | FAMILY Felidae

RANGE Malaysia and Thailand

HABITAT Tropical and subtropical broadleaf forests

DIET Primarily deer, antelope and wild pig, rarely taking smaller prey

Weight
200 - 280 lbs

Length
7.5 - 9.5 ft

Gestation
104 days

Young
Avg. 2 - 3 cubs

IUCN Status
Critically Endangered
Malayan tiger

Classified as a separate subspecies from the Indochinese tiger in 2004, the Malayan tiger is found only in the southern Malay Peninsula.

Tigers are generally solitary and extremely territorial. A tiger can see in the dark 6 times better than humans.

Malayan tiger cubs

Tigers typically mate in spring and summer. Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh only about 2 to 3 pounds.

Young are nursed for 5 or 6 months and can hunt alone at 11 months.

Malayan tiger

The Malayan tiger is critically endangered, with an estimate of only 80 - 120 mature individuals remaining in the wild.

All six remaining tiger subspecies (Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, South China, and Sumatran) are endangered due to poaching, illegal trading, habitat and prey loss, and conflict with humans. Three subspecies are already extinct (Bali, Javan, and Caspian).