The Malayan tiger is a species of tiger that can be found in the southern and central parts of the Malayan Peninsula as well as parts of Thailand. Although initially thought to be of the same subspecies as the Indochinese tiger, a DNA test taken in 2004 proved the Malayan tiger to have significant differences from the Indonesian tiger, and therefore warranted a new classification. Althoughthey are one of the more numerous wild tiger species with between 600 to 800 individuals, they have been classified as endangered by the IUCN.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Malayan tiger is, along with the Sumatran tiger, the smallest subspecies of tiger, growing to about 2 to 2.4 meters on average.
- Female Malayan tigers have a gestation period of 3 to 4 months, after which they give birth to five cubs.
- The scientific name of the Malayan tiger is Anthera tigris jacksoni, which honors the the tiger conservationist Peter Jackson.
- The IUCN has classified the Malayan tiger as endangered.