Did you know there used to be a Desert Tiger that became extinct?

There used to be a desert tiger that became extinct, known as the Caspian Tiger.

The Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), also known as the Hyrcanian tiger, the Mazandaran tiger, the Persian tiger and the Turan tiger, is believed to be an extinct tiger subspecies that had been recorded in the wild before the end of the 20th Century, and formerly inhabited the sparse forest habitats and riverine corridors west and south of the Caspian Sea, from Turkey, Iran and east through Central Asia into the Takla Makan desert of Xinjiang, China. There are no individuals in captivity.

The Caspian tiger was formerly found in Chinese and Russian Turkestan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey.

Apart from hybrids like the liger, the Caspian tiger, together with the Siberian and Bengal tigers, and the lion, ranked among the biggest cats that ever existed recently.