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What if?

Hypothetically, Langkawi Nature Park's facilities--which includes zoological, veterinary and other support facilities--may easily host a major conservation program such as one for the Malayan Tiger, which is has been a hot topic over the last five years or so.

From a population of more than 3,000 in the 1950s to 1,500 in 1998 to 500 in 2010, the future of the Malayan Tiger is as bleak as it can be. It has even been estimated that there could be fewer than 250 today.

A Tiger Action Plan was drawn up in 2010 but aside from protecting the natural prey of tigers, progress has been slower in other areas.

We believe that Langkawi Nature Park's facilities are capable of housing more than two dozen pairs of tigers for the purpose of captive breeding them, where future offspring could be returned to the wild. The Park has enclosures; night stalls; veterinary & other support facilities; and a 4-acre enclosure that could be turned into a semi-wild environment.

However, Langkawi Nature Park is not a one-stop turnaround center. It would only serve as a support (breeding) facility to provide suitable off-spring for a remote facility to train tigers to hunt and eventually return to the wild.

There are at least 4-5 steps in this process and Langkawi Nature Park would only be able to meet the first and second steps of housing and captive-breeding tigers.


It was during lockdown that a tiger conservation program was mooted for the then idle Langkawi Nature Park but lockdown also changed the trajectory post-pandemic.

While it was hoped for Langkawi Nature Park to host conservation programs for local species, it has had to pivot and host a number of wildlife from a park that has since shuttered permanently. These species are mostly foreign--African, South and North American and European. Only a handful of species are deemed "local."

In some cases, the Park will serve as retirement home to a number of aged specimens but it is also hosting--rather excitingly--as a breeding facility for an endangered big cat too. The success of breeding this cat will confirm the viability of Langkawi Nature Park as a center to breed tigers as well.

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