National Animal of Malaysia

National Animal of Malaysia

The national animal of Malaysia is the Malayan Tiger. It is a tiger subspecies and is mostly found in southern and central parts of Malaysia. The Malayan tiger, which is the national animal of Malaysia, is associated with bravery, strength and grandeur. These traits have made it to be considered Malaysia’s national animal. In Malaysia, this animal is closely related to the country. To show how significant the animal is to Malaysia, the animal is depicted on the country’s coat-of-arms. This also manifests itself in the fact that the country’s first car has adopted the name tiger-head as its emblem.

The national animal of Malaysia used to live in the rain-forests. But after the destruction of their original habitat, they moved to the Malaysian peninsula. They dominantly live in the states of Pahang, Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu. There is also a smaller number of the Malayan tiger dispersed in the jungles of Malaysia. Their total population is estimated to be between 250 and 340 mature tigers (IUCN, 2015). The IUCN also lists the animal on its red list as endangered, though at some point, it was a danger to the citizens of Malaysia.

Facts about the National Animal of Malaysia (Malayan Tiger)

  • Common name: Malayan Tiger
  • Scientific name: Panthera Tigris jacksoni
  • Average length: male-237cm; female-200cm
  • Average weight: male-120kgs; female-100kgs
  • Habitat: Rain-forests and jungles of Malayan peninsula
  • Diet: Deer, wild boar, serow and rhino calves
  • Gestation period: 3.5 months
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years

The color of the national animal of Malaysia is markings of orange, black and white.  This animal is very fatal, especially when fighting in self-defense. It uses its claws to injure the invading enemy. As a national animal symbol of Malaysia, the national rugby team of the country has the colors of the tiger on its uniform.

In Malaysia, you will see an image of the tiger almost everywhere. For instance, the logo of the leading bank and also that of the country’s national football team is that of a tiger. This has made it to qualify as the national symbol of Malaysia.