It took 2 million years for the tiger to evolve into the biggest and most majestic cat in the world. In 1900 there were 100,000 tigers in the wild now only 3,000 remain. A tragic loss by any measure but many people are aware of it.

What people are not aware of is how many tigers exist in this country today. In 1900 the U.S. had 50 tigers held by exhibitors, with the advent of zoos and circuses their population increased to a few hundred in the 1950s. The population stabilized in the 1960s when TV and movies lured audiences away zoos and circuses. But in the 1970s tigers became popular, beginning with tiger acts in Las Vegas and tigers appe