Malay Tapir Conservation

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Malay Tapir Conservation Project

Malayan Tapir conservation
Image source: Malaysian Wildlife

The Malayan Tapir (Tapiris Indicus) is one of the most iconic animals found in Malaysia. And it is the only surviving member of its species in Asia. Its distinctive ‘white coat’, from shoulders to stubby tail, make it a characteristic species throughout the Malaysian landscape. They have 14 toes in total: four on the front and three at the back. Hence, they are classified as perissodactyles (odd-toed ungulates), a group of herbivores that include horses, zebras and rhinos. And no surprise, like many other animals in Malaysia, the Tapir is marked with ‘endangered status’ due to human activity.

The Malay Tapir Conservation Project, set up in 2008, has been actively contributing to tapir conservation in Malaysia. In recent years, there has been a big shift in Malaysian public opinion and participation in favour of protecting Malaysian wildlife. The tapir benefits from this change.

The biggest win to date is the recent announcement by PERHILITAN to build Malaysia’s first Tapir Conservation Centre. This centre will focus on tapir rehabilitation and breeding. To be built at the Kenaboi Forest Reserve in Negri Sembilan, it will also encourage research collaborations between local and international researchers to better guide conservation efforts. The project was approved by the Federal Government late last year and the site was confirmed by the Negri government.

And last not least, there is a World Tapir Day on the 27th April every year. Finally, things seem to be coming together nicely.

If you want to learn more about the Malayan Tapir, then consider joining our Rainforest Conservation programme. You will be able to immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest and learn more about this species, along with tropical forest conservation. And if you are lucky, you might even spot one!


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