An Indonesian official supervising wildlife said Tuesday that some 40 Sumatran tigers died last year due to poaching and conflict with residents around their habitat.
Darori, the natural conservancy director general at the forest ministry, said that the death of those endangered animal have deducted the population of Sumatran tigers, that stood at 400 according to the latest record.
"Should there is no move to prevent the poaching and conflicts, our tigers would come to extinction," Darori said at a tiger conservation fund raising session, the Antara news service reported.
He said that Indonesia has lost two tiger sub-species, the Balinese and Javanese tigers, as they had already extinct.
Meanwhile, Noviar Andayani, Indonesian country director of Wildlife Conservation Society, said there are 3,200 tigers left in the wild at the moment.
"Without serious efforts to protect their habitats, tigers living in the wild may extinct by 2022," he said.
According to Noviar, tigers are threatened with poaching and conflicts with people who are taking their habitat for farming.