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Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) : 12 years of partnership and counting

P. M. WONG, L. A. SHEPHERD, M. T. GUMAL

Abstract


Set up by the Malaysian Government in 2003, MYCAT is an alliance and
partnership of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation
Society-Malaysia Programme and WWF-Malaysia, supported by the Department of
Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia. It is a platform for communication and
collaboration. MYCAT partners are by no means homogenous; differing opinions and
working styles exist but the emphasis is on sharing information and resources, and working
together towards the common goal. The MYCAT Secretariat’s Office is the backbone of the
alliance, bringing people together and coordinating joint efforts. Many milestones have
been reached. The National Tiger Conservation Action Plan was developed in 2008 and is
being jointly implemented. We lobbied for a new Wildlife Conservation Act, passed in
2010. Initiatives to involve the larger Malaysian public – the Wildlife Crime Hotline,
outreach programmes, Citizen Action for Tigers – have been implemented and are starting
to have an effect. However, tiger numbers are still falling. Research from seven sites around
Peninsular Malaysia, conducted between 2010 and 2013, estimated that only 250-340 wild
tigers remain in Peninsular Malaysia. Despite the decline, positive signs resulting from
conservation efforts show that it is not too late. More opportunities need to be created for
the Malaysian public to get involved in tiger conservation, for saving our tigers is the
responsibility of all Malaysians, not just a handful of government departments and NGOs.

Keywords


MYCAT, wild, tiger, National Tiger Conservation Action Plan, Wildlife Conservation Act, conservation, Peninsular Malaysia

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