Drawing of a woman from 1937 wearing a mask of an extinct Bali Tiger by Jenny Kendler
The Bali Tiger
From the Extinction Portraits series
Graphite on paper in painted frame with vintage ribbon
11 x 9 in., framed

Panthera tigris balica
Extinct 1937

The Bali Tiger is one of three extinct tiger subspecies of eight total tiger subspecies. Due to the phenomenon known as island miniaturization, the Bali Tiger was the smallest of all tigers. Their population was probably never large, and as their island habitat was destroyed and the pressures of hunting increased, the last of the Bali Tigers died out.

In the early 20th century, it is estimated that there were over 100,000 tigers (of all subspecies) in the world. Today, there are fewer than 1,500 to 3,500 wild tigers.