Move to ensure Malayan tigers thrive


PETALING JAYA: The population of Malayan tigers is very low and ensuring its survival in its natural habitat and conservation areas is critical, says Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

As such, the Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister said that the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has enhanced the assisted reproductive technology breeding programme via artificial insemination to help increase its population.

He said this is done by acquiring high-tech laboratory equipment for the National Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, which will enhance its forensic capacity, ex-situ conservation, bio-banking, Laboratory Information Management System and the monitoring of zoonotic diseases.

“The ministry will also use AI-equipped camera traps to monitor wildlife species, unmanned aerial vehicles such as drones to monitor the presence and movements of wildlife, as well as satellites to develop an early warning system,” he said in a statement in conjunction with World Wildlife Day yesterday.

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