Historicly, Caspian Tigers were used by the Romans to fight gladiators, as well as other animals, in the arenas. They lived in China, Tajikistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey. One of the most important factors in the Caspian tiger's decline and extinction was that it was already vulnerable due to the restricted nature of its distribution in riverine habitats which were also intensively used by humans. Hunting, loss of habitat and large wild prey are the primary causes of the extinction.
Caspian Tigers were first put on the endangered specie list in the 1960’s, but trophy hunting and fur trade has continued despite the heightened risk of extinction. The Caspian tiger specie had been pretty well wiped out at the beginning of the 20th century, when the Russian government was setting up rice and cotton fields in forests these tigers inhabited. The army was ordered to exterminate all tigers found near the Caspian sea.
Javan Tiger- One hundred years ago there were eight subspecies of tiger. The Bali, Javan and Caspian tigers are now extinct while the Siberian, Bengal, Sumatran, Indo-Chinese and South China tigers are all critically endangered.
Caspian Tiger--EXTINCT--The tiger was once found throughout most of southern, eastern and central Asia along with small pockets in the Middle East. Today at least three of the subspecies of tiger -Caspian (P.t.virgata) in the Middle East and west central Asia - Balinese (P.t.virgata) and Javan (P.t.sondaica) from the islands of Bali and Java are now extinct.
Species that have gone extinct in our lifetime CASPIAN TIGER Despite attempts to protect the species in the first half of the 20th century, they were hunted to extinction in the early 1970s in Iraq, Russia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. It may have survived until the 1990s in parts of Turkey, but was officially declared extinct in 2003.