The last known photo of a Bali tiger taken in 1937.The last specimen definitely recorded was this female shot at Sumbar Kima, west Bali, on September 27, 1937. However, a few animals likely survived into the 1940s and possibly 1950s.The subspecies became extinct because of habitat loss and hunting. Given the small size of the island and limited forest cover, the original population could never have been large. Wikipedia Curiosities: More Rare Historical Photos
Monks take a tiger out of its cage for an afternoon walk June 5, 2001 at the Wat Pa Luangta Bua monastery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Eight tigers have been raised by the resident monks at the monastery since they were cubs. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
A glimpse of what we've lost: 10 extinct animals in photos
Javan Tigers are a subspecies of tiger which were limited to the Indonesian island of Java. The last specimen to have been seen was sighted in 1972, although there is evidence from track counts that the animal had lingered into the 1980’s. The last track counts to yield evidence of the tigers was held in 1979, when just three tigers were identified.
Although the numbers of tigers incidentally killed or as a result of human-tiger conflict are significant, most tigers in Sumatra are apparently killed deliberately for commercial gain. Moreover, there is no evidence that tiger poaching has declined significantly since the early 1990s. This is despite intensified conservation and protection measures in Sumatra, and the apparent success globally in curtailing markets for tiger bone.