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Why did the Bali tiger disappear?

27 October 2015

Little was known about the Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica) when it disappeared. This tiger, alongside the Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata) and the Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) is one of the three subspecies that is completely extinct.

Smaller and rarer than the others, the Bali tiger is traditionally considered as a subspecies of tiger, but other experts view it as a variety of Javan tiger. The feline previously populated wet tropical forests of the Indonesian island of Bali. The last known specimen was shot in 1937.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (an organisation of which Awely is a member), recorded the presence of this subspecies in western Bali in the late 1930s. In order to safeguard the felines and their habitat, the Bali Barat National Park was created in 1941. However, records indicate that the Bali tiger completely disappeared at the end of World War II or at the beginning of the 1950s.

Hunting, loss of habitat and a lack of prey were the main causes of the extinction of the animal. Now, less than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild and they are threatened by the same problems, which could bring the same consequences for the whole species. Faced with this emergency situation, our initiative Awely, Tigers and People acts for tigers in Nepal, in India, in Bangladesh and in Vietnam.

We call on your generosity to protect the most emblematic of felines.

Bali tiger

Identified as a Bali tiger

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