1000 faces for 1000 tigers
The campaign, which aims to help double the number of wild tigers in Malaysia by the next Year of the Tiger (2022), was launched by WWF-Malaysia’s Executive Director/CEO, Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma.
“The Tx2 Campaign is all about setting the right conditions to enable our tiger population to double naturally in the wild. Monitoring of tiger populations, increasing patrol teams to reduce poaching threats and protecting tiger habitats are some of the ways to achieve this. However, success can only be gained when there is a critical mass of Malaysians who believe in the cause,” he said.
Dato’ Dr Sharma, who is also the pioneer of WWF-Malaysia’s tiger conservation efforts when it was first initiated in 1998 in Felda Jerangau Barat, Terengganu, led the face-painting mission by being the first to have his face painted with tiger stripes and colours.
He also urged members of the public to help double the number of our wild tigers by signing up at www.tx2.my and spreading the tiger conservation message.
The 1000 tiger-painted faces was accomplished by some 80 volunteer face-painters and helpers who carried out the mission in two sessions, symbolising current tiger numbers and a doubling of this population by the next year of the tiger respectively.
In 2008, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment released the much-anticipated National Tiger Action Plan for Malaysia, a roadmap for tiger conservation efforts until year 2020.
Recently adopted by the National Biodiversity-Biotechnology Council at a meeting chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, the Plan outlines an ambitious yet achievable conservation strategy in order to double the number of wild tigers, from 500 to 1,000, at three priority areas – the Belum-Temengor forest complex, the Greater Taman Negara forest complex and the Endau-Rompin forest complex in Peninsular Malaysia.
This effort by WWF-Malaysia is part of a global Tx2 Campaign by the WWF Network spanning across all countries where the tigers still remain in the wild. With only as low as 3,200 tigers left in the world, WWF’s Tx2 campaign aims to raise the much-needed emergency funds for monitoring and enforcement in order to secure the future of tigers in the 13 tiger-range countries.
According to Mike Baltzer, Leader of WWF’s Tiger Network Initiative, there has never been such an ambitious, high-level commitment from governments to double wild tiger numbers.
“As this is the year for tigers, the governments and their people need to see that the tiger is a flagship for Asia’s biological diversity, culture and economy,” he added.
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Don’t let this be the last Year of the Tiger! Help double the number of our wild tigers by the next Year of The Tiger (2022); sign up at www.tx2.my and spread the tiger conservation message.