The Malayan Giant Squirrel

About the Species: Malayan giant squirrel or Black Giant Squirrel is one of the world’s largest squirrel species.
The Malayan Giant SquirrelConservation Status:

  • IUCN Status: Near Threatened
  • CITES: Appendix II.
  • Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule I

Habitat: It is distributed across Bangladesh, Northeast India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.


  • It has a dark upper body, pale underparts, and a long, bushy tail.
  • Food Habits: The species is omnivorous and feeds on fruits, flowers, nuts, bark, bird eggs, and insects.


The giant squirrel is considered a forest health indicator species. An indicator species provides information on the overall condition of the ecosystem and of other species in that ecosystem.


Deforestation, fragmentation of forests, crop cultivation and over-harvesting of food, illegal trade in wildlife, hunting for consumption. and Slash-and-burn jhum cultivation.

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