Extinction in the World's Oldest Rainforest - Can Poachers be Stopped?

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield  

Published on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 10:24 am EDT

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield


Malayan tiger, perhaps one of the last. Photo Credit: Jöshua Barnett Follow

The oldest rainforest, Taman Negara in Malaysia, arose nearly 130 million years ago and has flourished with remarkable species until recently. Taman Negara is home to the Malayan tiger, Malayan gaur and Asian elephant. Malayan tigers are critically endangered and only around 250 to 340 remain in the wild.
Tamara Negara, the oldest rainforest. Photo Credit: Vladimir Yu. Arkhipov, Arkhivov

Unfortunately, this ancient rainforest also attracts poachers that profit from extinction. Six poachers were recently arrested with tiger skins, claws and meat from Malayan tigers. They were also busted with parts from protected bears and leopards along with goats and pythons. Malaysian officials say they have witnessed a disturbing increase in foreign poachers.
Malayan gaur, aka Indian bison. Photo Credit: PJeganathan

Most people feel like there's very little they can do to stop poaching, it is such a distant problem from those we face in our day-to-day routines. So what can you do?
  1. Educate yourself and others. How can funding be raised to eliminate poaching if no one knows it's a problem to begin with? 
  2. Donate to reputable organizations that are responsible for working with governments to stop poaching, track animal numbers, and provide protection for animals. Google is an amazing tool for this. The International Anti-Poaching Foundation is great.
  3. Get involved: Support stricter guidelines and laws for poaching in your own area. Here in Florida, we work very hard to preserve the Everglades and bring awareness to how the loss of species diversity directly impacts humans.
  4. Be a better human. Leave the world better than you found it or what was the point of the journey?