One of the smallest tiger subspecies, the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) is generally solitary. They give birth to three or four cubs at a time. These cubs will stay with their mother for about a year and a half, after which they will live independently.
Malayan tigers feed on deer, wild pigs and small bears.
Malayan tigers are native to Southeast Asia’s Malayan Peninsula.
Tigers of all subspecies are facing critical decline in numbers. There are thought to be about 250-340 Malayan tigers remaining in the wild, making them critically endangered. Conservation groups are working with local governments to protect the existing population, and anti-poaching programs are being enacted as well.
Malayan tigers can live for up to 20 years. The Malayan tiger is the national animal of Malaysia, and it is pictured on Malaysia’s Coat of Arms.