• Jonathan Shiek

92 Malayan Tapirs Have Become A Victim Of Roadkill Since 2015 to 2020

Was I the only one who figured that Tapir’s were widely protected by the authorities in special enclosures considering their endangered species status?

Well it turns out they weren’t at all THAT protected as a report from Bernama indicates that 92 Malayan Tapirs were killed from 2015 to 2020 because of road accidents alone, across 7 states in Malaysia. Such states are Johor, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Credits: Rojak Daily

Its bad enough that these beloved creatures are already at a decline due to loss of habitat but it’s even sadder to see that they are meeting their untimely end at the hands of careless motorists.

According to Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, the Wildlife and National Parks Department among others have started a captive breeding programme at the Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Centre (PKHL) in a bid to increase they population of the Malayan Tapirs.

The Malayan Tapir is the largest tapir species in the world and they are the only type to possess the iconic black and white colouring on their body.

Credits: Rojak Daily

As it stands, there is less than 1,500 of these gentle giants left in Peninsular Malaysia and was declared as an endangered species way back in 1986. Despite efforts since then to repopulate them, their numbers are still on a decline.



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