23 November marks the anniversary of the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit which sets the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. But Southeast Asia is experiencing a wildlife crisis.
More and more traps called “snares’ are set by poachers in the wilderness. They capture anything from a flagship species like the tiger to a wild boar and are set faster than they can be removed.
The last wild tiger in Laos was likely a victim of a home-made snare, an epidemic that is sweeping Southeast Asian forests and emptying them of their apex predators and other ground-dwelling residents.
This is the iconic photo of the last tiger of Cambodia captured in 2007. Because of poaching, tigers are now functionally extinct in the country.
There are probably less than 200 Malayan tigers left in the wild with poaching the greatest threat to their survival. This threat has been amplified in recent years due to the influx of Indochinese poachers to hunt for the remaining wild tigers.
Snares are more of a threat to ground dwelling animals in Southeast Asia than habitat degradation from logging, according to a new study; it compared the un-degraded but heavily snared Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos with the logging degraded but un-hunted forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
A wild tiger caught on a snare in Indonesia. Wildlife who are trapped often die from hunger or sustained injuries eventually.
WWF is working with the Orang Asli, indigenous people living in the dense tropical evergreen forest of Malaysia to help remove snares. Though they lack enforcement powers, they report poaching incidents to aid enforcement operations by government agencies. These teams are able to frustrate the poachers by continuously dismantling snares and deterring them with their presence.keep this going!
We are rallying behind a renewed political will in Malaysia to save the Malayan tigers. Sign our global pledge in support of a National Tiger Committee within the local government so executive decisions can be implemented. There is no better opportunity to shine a spotlight on the people, nature and wild tigers in Malaysia than now.I want to be a part of this!