Make no mistake. Tigers have gone extinct in Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Singapore, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the islands of Bali and Java in Indonesia and possibly in Korea.
The iconic big cats remain endangered with extinction in other parts of their range, including China, Russia, Nepal, India and Thailand, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
A few years ago, 13 countries pledged to double the number of tigers from the base population of about 3,200 remaining in the wild. The overall population continues to hover at an all-time low due to the combined threats of habitat destruction, loss of prey and poaching for their pelts and body parts.
In southwestern India, Wildlife Conservation Society researchers and others have identified 600 individual tigers in the mountainous Western Ghats region of Karnataka state. That's a major rebound attributed to government led anti-poaching patrols.