Just 100 years ago, there were 9 subspecies of tigers. Tdy 3 subspecies have already gone extinct; the Javan, Caspian and Balinese Tiger. There are as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild. Join us as we work to #doubletigers by 2022. http://ift.tt/1KWSSe6
The now extinct 'American Lion' was a giant predator roaming North and South America as recently as 11,000 years ago. It is thought to have been about twenty-five percent larger than the modern African lion. "American lions likely preyed on deer, North American horses (now extinct), North American camels, North American tapirs, American bison, mammoths, and other large, herbivorous animals."
I'm not sure if it's Arabic or Farsi, but it evokes the Caspian tiger, which lived in Iran and other parts of the Middle East until it became extinct. The tiger is featured in Arabian art, and Muslims from various lands have revered this great cat.