Tiger conservation centre in Pahang almost ready

Tigers caught in human conflict situations will be sent to a conservation centre before being released into the wild. (Facebook pic)

KUALA NERUS: The National Tiger Conservation Centre covering an area of 40 hectares in Lanchang, Pahang, is expected to begin operations by the end of the year.

The directory-general of wildlife and national parks, Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, said the RM15 million centre was 90% ready.

The centre is located near the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary.

“Tigers caught after animal-human conflict will first be taken to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Sungkai, Perak, for treatment.

“They will then be transferred to NTCC prior to being returned to their natural habitat,” he told reporters after a public lecture on managing wildlife at University Malaysia Terengganu here.

Kadir said the department was closely monitoring the illegal online sale of wildlife in the country. This had resulted in the arrest of 50 individuals since 2013.

“We monitor advertisements on social media, such as Facebook, on the sale of wildlife such as pangolins, owls or wild cats,” he added.