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The Javan Tiger was a subspecies of tiger found only on the Indonesian island of Java, until it died out as recently as the 1980s.


Tigers of the World: The tiger is undoubtedly the world's favourite animal, but many of us are probably not aware of the fact that the species is distributed into 9 sub-species across South and South-East Asia and the Russian Far-East (I myself could never recall the 9 names each time someone asked me what the races were, and so I decided to draw this poster!). These are the Siberian, Caspian, South China, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Sumatran, Javan and Balinese Tigers...


[Javan tiger. They are now extinct.] ** As so many others. We're in the era of the Sixth Extinction, caused by humans.


ROARsome news for Indonesia's Sumatran tigers

The Sumatran tiger, numbering fewer than 400 individuals in the wild, is found exclusively on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the last stronghold for tigers in Indonesia. Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching across the Sumatran tiger's range mean that unless authorities enforce the law, this subspecies will soon follow the fate of its extinct Javan and Balinese relatives.


Javan Tigers. Last sighting, 1972; last tracking (3 animals) 1979. Javan natives consider tigers to have been the reincarnation of their dead relatives; yet they carried out this extermination.


Credit: public domain Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) - EXTINCT This now-extinct species inhabited the Indonesian island of Java into the 1980's. Tigers were last positively recorded from Java's Meru Betiri National Park in 1976, and likely disappeared from much of the rest of the island by the 1940s, according to the IUCN.