GERIK – The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah today witnessed the launching of a collaborative programme between Maybank Foundation and World Wildlife Fund Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) to boost tiger conservation.
The programme is managed by the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex.
The launching held at the Belum Rainforest Resort, Pulau Banding, here, was also attended by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, WWF-Malaysia executive director/CEO Datuk Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma and Maybank chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor.
Through the cooperation, Maybank will allocate RM7 million for tiger conservation efforts over a period of four years, with RM1.2 million to be spent for the first year.
The conservation programme includes research on tigers and animals of prey as food source, and cooperation with the local community and various enforcement agencies.
The Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, located in an area of about 3,000 sq km in northern Perak, is one of three main sites for the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan, and it is estimated there are about 40 tigers in that forest. – BERNAMA