As recently as 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. According to Panthera, today, fewer than 3,200 remain. Historically, the tiger ranged from the Caspian Sea to the Russian Far North to the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. Now, they occupy just 7% of this historical range, with India home to over half of the tigers remaining in the wild.
In celebration of Global Tiger Day, Mongabay honors these felines with a collection of photos that showcase the magnificence of this iconic species.