There are only 250-350 Malayan Tigers left in the Panthera tigris species, found on the Malaysian peninsular. The tigers are important for the local community because they control the wild boar population which would otherwise destroy the commercially important crops of the area. When the tigers are not doing animal control, they will sleep for 18-20 hours.
Habitat fragmentation due to development, commercial poaching, and the active market for tiger meat and manufactured tiger bone medicines have critically endangered this species. Saving the tiger will in turn save the entire ecosystem and all its flora and fauna.
What you can do:
The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) endeavours to facilitate charitable solicitations with the community, government and local sanctuaries. These facilitations have increased tiger populations generally by 50% in the wild, and 75% in sanctuaries. Managing protected areas for tigers reduces human-tiger conflict, protects the ecosystem, builds the country’s capacity for conservation of its species, promotes friendly policies, and allows for science to develop conservation strategies for the future. Have a look at WCS and decide for yourself, how important tigers are for our planet.