By: Alex Reyes
Panthera tigris virgata
Decades ago, the second largest tiger once roamed the earth.
Discovery & Extinction
There is no known official date for the discovery of this animal. The extinction date however is in February of 1970. In the 19th century, the Russian government ordered extermination of all tigers for agricultural purposes. The remaining tigers retreated up into the mountains while their once habitat was converted into farmland.
with a starting population of about 3,000, one obvious effect is that the biodiversity of that ecosystem will dwindle down. The deer and boar populations will increase because of one less predator, and it has this ripple effect that will extend all down the food web.
- The Extinction Website - Species Info - Caspian Tiger. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2016, from http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct/speciesinfo/caspiantiger.htm
- Dybas, C. L. (2015, February 21). Is “Extinct” Forever? Central Asia’s Caspian Tiger Traverses the Comeback Trail. Retrieved February 18, 2016, from http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/21/is-extinct-forever-central-asias-caspian-tiger-traverses-the-comeback-trail/