Kughan Krishnan is the Head Keeper for the Carnivore section in Night Safari. The animals under his team’s care include Malayan tiger, red dhole, Indian wolf and Asiatic black bear. Apart from normal husbandry, report writings, data collections, enrichments, trainings, guest interactions, Kughan gets involved in exhibit and back of house refurbish, upgrade works and does duty supervisor (ZDO) duties.
Kughan also interacts with guests and tries his best to educate them on animal conservation in the wild. He was involved in the MyCAT conservation project in Malaysia where he learned how Malayan tigers in the wild are affected by deforestations and poaching. Through his exposure, he has gained knowledge of the tigers’ natural landscape and how it could be applied for the exhibit within our park.
From a thriving population of 3,000 in the 1950s, only 250 Malayan tigers remain today. The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MyCAT) conducts Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) walks to closely monitor the activity of poachers and remove traps in the area. Their intervention has already curbed tiger poaching with minimal disturbance to wildlife.
In the last 30 years, the Sun bear population is estimated to have declined by more than 30 per cent, mainly due to extensive habitat loss and illegal commercial hunting and trade. While an increasing number of sun bears have been rescued, they face oral health and body weight issues.