African Lion vs Siberian Tiger in size Nov 17, 2008 16:32:42 GMT -5
Post by Lion Boss on Nov 17, 2008 16:32:42 GMT -5
Commonly the Siberian tiger is referred to as the largest of all cats. However, past measurements of this cat where based on hunter estimates and can not be varified. The Siberian Tiger project, started in 1992, paints a VERY different picture.
Since 1992 the largest Siberian tiger weighed in the wild was 215 kg (474 lbs)
- Source: Prynn, David (2002). Amur tiger. Russian Nature Press.
According to modern research of wild Siberian tigers in Sikhote-Alin, an average adult male tiger (>35 months) weighs 167.3 - 185.7 kg and an adult tigress - 117.9 - 122.6 kg, respectively.
- Source: Miquelle, D.G., Smirnov, E.N., Goodrich, J.M. (2005). Tigers of Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik: ecology and conservation. Vladivostok, Russia: PSP, 25-35.
So the confirmed averages are 368 - 409 lbs with the highest found to be 474 lbs. DONE! There is the officially measured and documented Siberian Tiger research. As you can see, the Siberian Tiger is not larger than the lion. Wild speciment AVERAGES have been documented around 170 kg in East Africa and 180 kg in South Africa with some big ones at 225 kg (Source: Alan Turner & Mauricio Anton).
The measured averages are the same, 170 - 180 kg with the highest foundings at around 220 kg.
Conclusion: African Lion and Siberian Tiger are the same size.