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It’s the year of the tiger, but it’s doom for the Malayan tiger

PETALING JAYA: While many believe in Chinese zodiac signs as portents of prosperity, the fate of the Malayan tiger remains bleak in the Year of the Tiger.

“The current net population of the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksonii) is doomed, says wildlife biologist Kae Kawanishi.

She told FMT that Malaysia has lost 90% of its tiger population in the past 70 years. The Malayan tiger, which is Malaysia’s national symbol, is one of nine subspecies of the tiger, of which four have gone extinct in that period.

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