Endangered species in Malaysia | Wildlife in Malaysia

Malaysia is the country full of natural beauty with islands, mountains, and many type of wildlife animals. Unfortunately due to different threats there are a lot of animals, plants, birds and marine life is in danger of extinction. Complete descriptive discussion about endangered species in Malaysia that are affected by threats. Population is continuously declining, no proper conservation steps are taken by conservationists. Going to discuss about species that are in danger in Malaysia.

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 List of most endangered species in Malaysia

Asian Tapir

Tapirus indicus is the scientific name belongs to Mammalia class and Tapiridae family. Also known as Malayan tapir, Indian tapir and Malay tapir. They have 5 to 8 feet length. They are 2 to 3 feet tall. They are nocturnal feed on more than 380 species. Their generation length is 12 years. Females give birth one calf after gestation period of 11 to 13 months. Mating season mostly start in April. They can live up to 30 years.

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Listed as endangered species in Malaysia due to decline in population. In 2008 they are included in the list of species that in danger in Malaysia. Only 2499 individuals are remaining that are still decreasing due to threats. Large scale deforestation, hunting, destruction of habitat are the major threats that decline 50% of population in Malaysia and Thailand. Considered as most endangered species in Malaysia.

Bornean Orangutan

Pongo pygmaeus is the scientific name belongs to Mammalia class and Hominidae family. They are native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Endemic to Borneo Island. Known as endangered animal species in Malaysia due to loss of their maximum population. They can be found in two states of Malaysia and four provinces of Indonesia. Sabah and Sarawak are two sates of Malaysia where they are present. Their maximum upper elevation limit is 500 meters.

Males are larger in size than females. Males and females have 3.9 to 4.6 ft. and 3.3 to 3.9 ft. size respectively. They can live around 35 to 45 years. Their generation length is 25 years.

Due to a lot of threats habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, illegal hunting and lack of awareness and climate change they are listed as endangered species in Malaysia. As there is no awareness to people for this species population and conservation status. They kill this animal for the sake of money. So we must have some conservation steps to save this species.

Borneo Bay Cat

Catopuma badia is the scientific name belongs to Felidae family and Mammalia class. They are reddish brown and gray in color. They feed on small mammals and birds. Their conservation status is endangered species in Malaysia. They can be found in dense forests and near to water source. Water source places are known as their favorite places. They have 55 cm body length and tail length is around 14 inch.

They lost their 50% population from last two generations. One generation is 6 years. They used as pets in by people and their skin is used for trade in market. Classified as endangered species in Malaysia due to habitat loss and commercial logging. These are the major threats that affect their population badly.

Here are some conservation steps that are taken by conservationists. Species management, education and awareness, law and policy, land water protection. Their population trend is still decreasing only 2200 individuals are left.

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