T.I.G.E.R.S. – The Javian Tiger

Good Friday afternoon again from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  This has been one of the rainiest weeks I can remember.  If you took or will take the tour this week, do not worry, the tour goes on in the rain!  A large majority of the tour is covered and they have the capacity to move portions of it inside if need be. Umbrellas are available, but it is recommended that if it is raining that your bring your own rain jacket and clothing you do not mind getting a little damp in.

Again, enjoy this from our guest blogger, Dan:

The Island of Java in Indonesia is the most populated Island in the world, with more than 140 million people living on it. But, before the population exploded, the island was home to the Javian Tiger. The Javian Tiger was smaller tiger compared with the Asian tigers we are more familiar with, Javian males weighed about 300 lbs. compared with Asian tigers where males can weigh up to 700 lbs.

               At the beginning of the twentieth century, the population of Java was a little more than 20 million, as road and rail service began to expand across the country, so did agriculture with tea and rice plantations replacing the tiger’s natural habitat, reducing the forested area from a quarter of the island before WWII to only 8% by the 1970s. As humans encroached farther into the forest, tigers were seen as a threat to people and tiger hunts became commonplace.+

               Today, the Java Tiger is extinct with the last confirmed sighting taking place when a tiger was killed in 1984 in Mount Hlilmun Salak National Park, Western Java. Although there have been unconfirmed sighting over the last 30 years and there have been several scientific expeditions to try to locate any living tigers, no photographic evidence has been obtained.

               As is the case so often, an animal with no known natural predator has succumbed to human expansion into its natural habitat.  Or friends at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve work tirelessly to make sure that our remaining species of tigers are protected from human greed and ignorance by education us about the magnificence of these great creatures.


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