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Saturday December 22, 2007

Tiger hotline gets good response from public


KUALA LUMPUR: The numerous calls to the Tiger Crime Hotline are a sure indication that people are definitely interested in tiger conservation. 

However, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (Mycat) clarified that the recently launched hotline was not a general info line but a service dedicated to SMS reports on tiger-related crimes. 

“The hotline is an extremely useful tool for arresting the grave problems of poaching, smuggling and consumption of tigers and their prey,” said a Mycat spokesman in a statement. 

The Tiger Crime Hotline at 019-356 4194 was launched last week during Mycat’s tiger conservation campaign, Race Against Time, at the National Zoo. 

Some estimates put the number of tigers in the wild at less than 3,000 worldwide, with Malaysia home to about 500 of the animals. 

It was also reported that over the last 70 years, three of the nine tiger sub-species have become extinct and Malaysia has one of the remaining six sub-species, the Malayan tiger.  

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