WWF-Malaysia’s tiger conservation work focuses on the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, in Northern Perak. This landscape is one of three priority sites for tigers in Malaysia, as identified under the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan in 2008.
Aside from being an important site for tigers, Belum-Temengor is home to large iconic mammals such as sambar deer, elephants and gaur. It is also a bird watching paradise, being one of only two sites in Malaysia where all ten species of hornbill have been recorded. Belum-Temengor spans some 3,400 square kilometres, and is the core area of Peninsular Malaysia’s second largest contiguous forested landscape.
Belum-Temengor consists of two major management areas – Royal Belum State Park and Temengor Forest Reserve. Spanning 1,175 square kilometres, Royal Belum State Park is the second largest protected area in Peninsular Malaysia, whereas Temengor Forest Reserve spans 1,489 square kilometres and is the second largest forest reserve in Malaysia. Only indigenous people reside within this forest complex, with around 6,000 villagers scattered across the landscape.