Poaching gangs on the hunt for Malayan tiger body parts are emptying forests of these magnificent cats in Malaysia to feed a demand in Vietnam and China that shows no signs of slowing. Despite this dire situation, Malaysia has the potential to pull off one of the greatest recoveries in tiger range.
Jaguars Under Threat From Palm Oil
“Palm oil expansion doesn’t have to be at the expense of native forests. New palm oil frontiers should occur in degraded ecosystems, without the requirement of new infrastructure. Road creation and upgrading is a catalyst for both habitat loss and overhunting, two major drivers of mammal extinction,” explains Dr. Esteban Payán, Panthera’s South America Jaguar Program.
A new paper published last month in Frontiers in Forest and Global Change, outlines potential threats of expanding plantations in Latin America and makes suggestions for reducing those impacts on jaguars and other wildlife.
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