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Banjaran Titiwangsa

The Banjaran Titiwangsa landscape is one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
As well as supporting the largest tiger population in Malaysia, this landscape is home to more hornbill species than anywhere else on earth, and is also home to the endangered Malayan Tapir. Until they were recently declared extinct, Sumatran rhinos also used to roam Banjaran Titiwangsa. It is estimated that tigers here could meet the same fate within two years if conservation interventions are not intensified.

Spanning 35,000km2 covering Peninsular Malaysia’s longest mountain range and adjacent areas of the Hala-Bala forest complex in Thailand.

Protecting tigers and their prey is a priority in this landscape as a poaching crisis, primarily due to indiscriminate snaring, is spreading across the region.The Orang Asli (indigenous people), the oldest inhabitants of Peninsular Malaysia, are the eyes and ears in this dense tropical evergreen forest and we work with them to help remove snares set for wildlife and to monitor poaching activity. Though they lack enforcement powers, they report poaching incidents to aid enforcement operations by government agencies. We hope to continue patrolling efforts while providing them with an alternative livelihood.

WWF also partners with TRAFFIC (the leading non-governmental organisation working globally on the trade of wild animals and plants) specifically on efforts related to wildlife trade and poaching. We also carry out field assessments to gain scientific information on tigers and their prey, which is then used to provide evidence-based management recommendations, so that a balance can be maintained between the needs of both people and tigers.