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 tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), also known as the Hyrcanian tiger and the Turan tiger, is an extinct tiger subspecies that had been recorded in the wild until the early 1970s, and used to inhabit 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. Turkey 1990s.