A century ago, tigers were kings of the jungle in much of Southeast Asia. Striped predators literally ruled supreme at the top of food chains in thick forests from Laos to Malaysia and from Burma to Vietnam.
Most of those forests have been cut down or split open and, throughout their ranges in the region, tigers are reduced to their last hundreds of individuals, clinging to their life tooth and claw in the wild in the face of deforestation and poaching.
The Balinese and Javanese subspecies of the majestic animals have been extinct for decades and their Indo-Chinese cousins have recently been declared extinct in Laos and Cambodia. Indochinese tiger populations still survive in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Vietnam and Thailand, but even there their situation is precarious.