In the early 1900s, nine subspecies of tigers could be found roaming the forests and grasslands of Asia, from Turkey to the eastern coast of Russia.
Now, there are six.
Despite its iconic stature as one of the most recognizable and revered creatures on Earth, the mighty tiger has proven vulnerable to the actions of humankind. The disappearances of the Balinese, Caspian, and Javan subspecies have coincided with the drastic alteration of more than 90 percent of the tigers' range by logging, agriculture, and development. With fewer places to live, hunt, and raise their young, tigers have also become more vulnerable to poachers seeking hides and other body parts that continue to fetch high prices on the black market.
The survival of the six tiger subspecies that still exist in the wild is precarious; all have been classified as endangered by the IUCN.
The following photographic timeline chronicles the tiger extinctions that have occurred in recent history.