publication . Other literature type . Article . 2017

Expansion of Industrial Plantations Continues to Threaten Malayan Tiger Habitat

Varada S. Shevade; Peter V. Potapov; Nancy L. Harris; Tatiana V. Loboda;
  • Published: 19 Jul 2017
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
Southeast Asia has some of the highest deforestation rates globally, with Malaysia being identified as a deforestation hotspot. The Malayan tiger, a critically endangered subspecies of the tiger endemic to Peninsular Malaysia, is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. In this study, we estimate the natural forest loss and conversion to plantations in Peninsular Malaysia and specifically in its tiger habitat between 1988 and 2012 using the Landsat data archive. We estimate a total loss of 1.35 Mha of natural forest area within Peninsular Malaysia over the entire study period, with 0.83 Mha lost within the tiger habitat. Nearly half (48%) of the natural for...
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free text keywords: Habitat, Deforestation, Subspecies, Habitat destruction, Geology, Threatened species, Agroforestry, Tiger, Malayan tiger, biology.organism_classification, biology, Remote sensing, Ecology, Critically endangered, Peninsular Malaysia, tiger habitat, forest loss, plantations, oil palm, rubber, Science, Q
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