Malayan Tiger

Introduction to Malayan Tiger at Zoo Taiping and Night Safari

Facts About Malayan Tiger

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The Tiger is the largest cat species in the world. It is one of the four Great Cats in the genus of Panthera, the only cats that can roar.

The tiger is native to eastern and southern Asia, but it has lost 93% of its original range.
They are well recognized by their striped orange fur, and each tiger has a unique set of stripes, just like our fingerprints.

The tiger is a solitary animal and very territorial as it requires a very large habitat area of 60 - 100 km to cater to its hunting needs.

Larger tiger subspecies can reach 3.3 metres in length and weigh up to 300 kilograms.

In the wild, tiger usually feed on mid-size animal such as deer, gaur, wild pig, buffalo, clouded leopard, python, crocodile and etc.

The Malayan Tiger is a subspecies found only in Peninsula Malaysia and Southern Thailand.

It was originally classified as the Indochina Tiger, until genetic testing proved it to be a separate species in 2004.

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In Malaysia, the tiger is fondly known as Pak Belang or Datuk Harimau. They only number about 500 and are mainly found in di Pahang, Perak, Kelantan dan Terengganu. There are no tigers in Sabah and Sarawak. Compared to other tiger subspecies, the Malayan tiger is smaller in size.

Mating for tiger can occur all year round, but more common between November and April. After mating the tigers go their separate ways. The female will find a den for her cubs to be born.

The tiger gestation period is about 16 weeks, and birth 3 - 4 cubs per litter. The cubs are blind and will be nursed for about 8 weeks.

Malayan Tiger lifespan is about 20 - 26 years.

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